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How HealthCare.gov Is Giving A Once-Obscure Bill A Boost

The disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov is giving an otherwise wonky piece of legislation new momentum. It's called the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, for short. And its two key sponsors are among the most unusual bedfellows in Congress.
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Organic Farmers Bash FDA Restrictions On Manure Use

Many organic farmers are hopping mad right now at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Their reason? Fertilizer. The FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure, which organic farmers call a precious resource and a basis of their farming practices.
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What A Bitcoin Political Debut Could Mean For Transparency

The Federal Election Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal to allow virtual currency contributions to political action committees.
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Inside The Local Running And Racing Boom

As runners lace up for the next Turkey Trot and Jingle Bell Run, we explore the growing popularity of running in our area and the tensions between serious and casual racers.

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Russian App Wants E-Book Piracy To End, Happily Ever After

In an attempt to turn a page on rampant literary piracy in Russia, one Moscow-based company created a subscription e-book service that it hopes will decrease the incentive for free, illegal downloads.
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Tech Team Podcast Episode 2: The Sharing Economy

If you missed any of the technology reporting team's reporting on the sharing, (or peer-to-peer) economy, you can catch up with our downloadable podcast of all the stories.
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One By One, Businesses Reopen In Typhoon-Hit Tacloban

Since the typhoon hit the Philippines, doing business in the hardest-hit city of Tacloban has been next to impossible But on Wednesday, five gas stations, two hardware stores and several banks reopened.
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Johnson & Johnson Said To Reach Deal On Artificial Hip Suits

Johnson and Johnson is expected to pay out $2.5 billion to settle lawsuits over faulty artificial hips. The medical products maker will reportedly pay 8,000 U.S. patients $250,000 each for new hip replacement surgery.
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Ohio Wal-Mart Conducts Thanksgiving Food Drive For Its Workers

Employees at a northeast Ohio Wal-Mart are collecting food for needy coworkers' Thanksgiving dinners. The effort has been portrayed as a sign that Wal-Mart unfairly exploits workers. Others see it simply as people helping people.
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N.Y. Warehouse Owner Whitewashes Over Graffiti Haven

The paint covered up decade's worth of graffiti. The building, known as 5 Pointz, was one of the few legal places in New York for artists to practice graffiti.

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