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U.S. Competitiveness Up, Ranking Fifth, Survey Says

The U.S. rose to fifth position overall from seventh last year in the World Economic Forum's latest survey. Switzerland retained the top spot.
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A Greener Way To Cool Your Foods On The Way To The Grocery Store

Most of the trucks that haul your fruits, vegetables and frozen foods to the store are currently cooled by diesel engines, not the cleanest of technologies. But researchers are working on a cooling system based on fuel cells to keep your food cool while it travels.
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Data Marketers Know What You Bought Last Summer

Marketing technology company Acxiom is letting you see the data marketers have and use to advertise to you. Check out what they know about your household makeup, financial means, shopping preferences and more.
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A Preview Of The U.S. Supreme Court's Fall Term

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session, with justices planning to hear cases on campaign finance, affirmative action and the constitutionality of legislative prayer. A preview of the Court's fall term.

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Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention

The Spanish language film Instructions Not Included was No. 5 at the box office over the Labor Day weekend. Movie studios are paying attention to Latino audiences because they buy a quarter of the movie tickets sold in the U.S.
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British Airways Adds Nonstop Flight To Austin

Starting in March, British Airways says it will begin nonstop service between London and Austin, Texas. The move comes as something of a surprise, given that the airline already serves Dallas and Houston.
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Las Vegas Gambles On Unique Business Incubator

The Downtown Container Park will set up budding entrepreneurs in repurposed shipping containers. The park will have 35 containers and a bunch of modular cubes like you'd normally see at a construction site — all to house local businesses.
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The Last Word In Business

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.
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Hawaii Tries To Get Off Oil In Favor Of Natural Gas

Fifteen percent of energy in Hawaii comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass. The rest comes mostly from pricey oil imports. The state now wants to switch from oil to natural gas as an interim fuel. But some worry the move could derail the state's green energy momentum.
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For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly

When is an inpatient in the hospital not an inpatient in the hospital? When that patient is on observation status. Patients who are termed on observation can have trouble getting Medicare to pay if they need to go to a nursing home. The practice has sparked lawsuits and legislation.

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