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Macy's To Cut Jobs, Close Stores In Reorganization

Macy's Inc. announced Wednesday that it is cutting 2,500 jobs as part of a reorganization. Other workers will be reassigned or transferred. The Cincinnati-based retailer also announced it will close five stores.
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Manufacturers At CES Offer More In Home Automation

The Consumer Electronics Show is in Las Vegas this week. Renee Montagne talks to tech journalist Rich Jaroslovsky about the push to put WiFi in everything imaginable, from crockpots to stoves.
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Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

Two of mankind's oldest beverages are being mashed together in a new generation of brews. These beer-wine blends, boasting layered, complex flavors, are part of a broader trend of experimentation, as craft brewers seek to distinguish themselves in a crowded field.
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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That's why it's now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.
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No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair

When an umbrella breaks, most people just throw it away and buy another one. That's sacrilege to Thierry Millet, who says fixing a much-loved parapluie is like giving a bit of youth back to its owner. France's government says the tiny shop run by the self-proclaimed "last umbrella repairman" is a "living heritage."
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Loehmann's To Liquidate; Macy's Cuts Jobs In Reorganization

Going-out-of-business sales will begin Thursday at 93 Loehmann's stores. And on Wednesday, Macy's Inc. announced 2,500 employees will be laid off.
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News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out

The New York Times' new Web redesign includes "native advertising": articles written by people working for the paper's advertisers. BuzzFeed and other outlets have already embraced the ads, but critics say the lines between paid and original content are sometimes just too blurry.
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As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel

The country is producing more natural gas than it can burn, but frigid weather has made it harder for companies to deliver that gas to those who need it, especially in densely populated areas in the Northeast. As a result, prices have skyrocketed.
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This GMO Apple Won't Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit's Image?

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn't go brown when you slice it. It's waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple's wholesome, all-natural image.
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TV Makers Look To Pack More Pixels Into Your Home TV With 4K

TV makers, studios and streaming companies are all getting behind 4K TVs, which offer higher resolutions than even high-definition TVs. Some say it could worry Hollywood and lead to even less risk-taking in movies, but the technology still has significant hurdles to overcome.

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