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VW Chattanooga Plant To Vote On UAW Membership

Next week in Tennessee, workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant will vote on whether to join the United Auto Workers. It's the first attempt to unionize a non-Detroit-run factory in 13 years. Volkswagen has given the drive its blessing but outside groups have stepped in to fight the union.
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Google Told To Move Mysterious Barge

It's stacked with shipping containers and its purpose has drawn much speculation over why it's there. State officials investigated after complaints about it, and they've found the barge lacks necessary permits.
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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Many American food companies, responding to consumer demands, are looking for grain that's not genetically modified. It turns out that non-GMO corn and soybeans aren't hard to find. Years ago, grain traders set up a supply chain to deliver non-GMO grain from U.S. farmers to customers in Japan.
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The Deficit: The Talk Is Big, But The Number Is Shrinking

The federal budget deficit is falling sharply, but you wouldn't know it from some of the rhetoric in Washington. But Republicans caution that the downward trend line will reverse itself soon enough.
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Facebook At 10: Amid Doubters, Company Eyes Next Growth Phase

Facebook's big birthday comes amid tales of trouble — that its youngest users don't find it cool anymore. But Facebook doesn't seem fazed. It is, after all, a company that serves almost one-fifth of the world's population and took in more than $7 billion last year.
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Skater Sonja Henie 'Put A Dollar Sign' Behind The Gold

The Norwegian figure skater reinvented the sport, adding grace and lyricism while also helping to commercialize it. She translated her gold medals into a high-flying Hollywood career, but also sparked controversy by rubbing shoulders with Adolf Hitler himself.
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Istanbul's Mega-Projects: Bigger Is Better, Or A 'Crazy Canal'?

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing hard for the grandiose projects that include a new bridge across the Bosphorus, a massive airport and an ambitious canal. Some Turks are cheering him on, but others worry about how they might change the city.
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All Hail The Asparagus Queen! How Ag Pageants Lure New Contestants

Some farming communities are struggling to find enough contestants for the pageants that crown monarchs like the Asparagus Queen and Beef Queen. So they are relaxing the pageant rules to spice up the competition.
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Stocks Head Lower; Investors Wonder What's Next

The Dow had its seventh triple-digit drop so far this year. Is it a short term pullback, or a sign of a tough year to come?
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Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam

Fraudsters know that small credit transactions often go unnoticed. That's made it easy for a widespread scam involving unauthorized charges of $9.84 to fly under the radar. Complaints started coming in about the scam soon after a massive data breach in November, but analysts say it goes back months.

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