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Forget Shutdown, How About Kimmel & Kanye Showdown?

From the government shutdown to Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel's showdown, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's hot topics.
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Lessons About Insurance In The Obamacare Data Dump

Very few insurers around the country are offering top-of-the-line platinum insurance plans. Policymakers predicted less expensive but more restrictive bronze and silver plans would prove more popular than high-end options, and it looks like insurance companies think so, too.
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BlackBerry: If You Don't Survive, May You Rest In Peace

Over the course of its existence, BlackBerry sold smartphones to more than 200 million people. It became ubiquitous in places like Indonesia but it began with an invasion of Wall Street and Washington.
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Shanghai To Open Free-Trade Zone To Boost China's Growth

On Sunday, Shanghai will open a free trade area that officials say will be a laboratory for overhauling the world's second-largest economy. The new zone is garnering lots of media attention in China, but details remain sketchy.
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Is North America The Next World Capital Of Energy?

A perfect storm of sorts is leading some Western energy companies to step back from investments and operations in the Middle East. Companies see increased risk in the region because of the turmoil and violence following the Arab Spring. And, advances in technology have made it easier to produce oil in North America.
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TomTato Is The Latest Wonderplant

A British gardening mail order firm introduced the TomTato: a tomato-potato plant. Cherry tomatoes and white potatoes have been grafted together. The hybrid hit European garden centers this week.
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House GOP Leaders Gear Up For Debt Ceiling Battle

Even as the potential government shutdown drama remains unresolved, House Republican leaders are moving on to the next deadline: the debt ceiling. Economists say defaulting on payments could be catastrophic, but many House Republicans believe the debt ceiling is the best place to take a stand. Some even say the risk of default really isn't all that bad.
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Failing Students Get 'Wired' For Success At Georgia Factory

An electric wire factory in western Georgia is staffed almost entirely by teenagers. They are there because of a partnership between a local company, Southwire, and the Carroll County school system. They teamed up six years ago to try to reduce the high school dropout rate.
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Houston Gears Up For Obamacare, Despite GOP Opposition

Leading Texas politicians have resisted the federal health care law. But in Houston, community groups and public health agencies are trying to educate the city's 800,000 uninsured residents about new coverage options.
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McDonald's Says Bye-Bye To Sugary Sodas In Happy Meals

From now on, the fast-food giant says, it will only market and promote milk, water or juice with its children's meals — though parents can still choose to order sodas for their children. The change comes as part of a larger plan to promote more healthful choices.

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