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Safety Group Sues Buckyballs Founder In Product Recall Case

The government is going after Craig Zucker, the creator of a "desk toy" consisting of small round magnets that wound up being swallowed by a lot of children. The Consumer Product Safety Commisision initiated a recall but rather than go along, Zucker shut down his company.
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Court Rules Yelp Must Release Names Of Reviewers

A court in Virginal says Yelp has to release the names of seven critics who use its site. They gave a Washington, D.C. carpet cleaning service scathing reviews. And now the business owner wants to take them to court, saying they weren't really customers.
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Minimum Wage Loses Ground Since Its Banner Year In 1968

When President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty 50 years ago, part of it was a pushed to increase the nation's minimum wage. Low-wage workers actually saw their purchasing power peak while Johnson was in office.
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Labor Department's December Report Shows Jobless Rate Dipped

The Labor Department on Friday said the nation's jobless rate fell to 6.7 percent as U.S. employers added 74,000 jobs to payrolls while more Americans stopped looking for work in December. In November, the unemployment rate was 7 percent.
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Why Getting A Job Doesn't Mean Getting Out Of Poverty

The nation's unemployment rate dipped in December, but most job growth is happening in low-wage industries like retail. So are low-wage jobs really lifting people out of poverty? Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax and historian Stephen Pimpare.
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Cuba, Land Of The $250,000 Family Sedan

For the first time in five decades, the Cuban government has begun selling new and used vehicles to anyone who can afford them. But with used Volkswagen Passats priced at $70,000 and a 2013 Peugeot sedan priced at $250,000, it's pretty clear the Castro government doesn't really want to sell them. Why?
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Economy Adds Only 74,000 Jobs In December; Jobless Rate At 6.7 Percent

The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.
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Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

The number of people affected by a data breach during the holiday shopping season has increased dramatically. Target says customers names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses were taken. It's offering free credit monitoring and "zero liability" for any fraudulent charges.
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Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

A chemical used to wash coal seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday. Customers in more than 100,000 homes and businesses that get their water from one local company have been advised not to drink, wash or bathe with what's coming from their taps. More than 480,000 people live in the affected area.
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Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign

A congressman vying for Sen. John Cornyn's seat announced that he'll accept campaign donations in bitcoin, raising questions about the value of the virtual currency in politics.

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