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A Bet Or A Prediction? Intrade's Purpose Is Debated

The "prediction market" site Intrade's decision to close in the U.S. highlights how the company exists in a regulatory gray area, somewhere between trading and betting. Intrade says it hopes to operate legally in the U.S. eventually. In the meantime, American users must close their accounts by year's end.
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Yet Another Shift In Facebook Policies Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook has a long history of upsetting its users by suddenly announcing a change to its privacy settings. In 2009, as a way to quiet the critics, Facebook set up a system for its customers to vote on changes. If enough of them were unhappy, the company would back down. Now, Facebook wants to get rid of the voting.
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Would Raising Taxes On Investment Income Hurt The Economy?

The rates on capital gains and dividends are on the table in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. Some complain that it would hurt companies' stock prices, giving them less money to invest. But other economists say it's unlikely to have strong effects.
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Lower Water Levels Dry Up Business On Great Lakes

The Great Lakes drought is affecting the survival of some of the small harbor towns located on North Michigan's shore. Melissa Block speaks with Russell Dzuba, the harbormaster in Leland, Mich., where a line of sand is cutting through his harbor.
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Bookend: D.C. Romance Novelists Defy Stereotypes

In the latest edition of our monthly literary series, Bookend, we talk with local romance writers about the increasing popularity of their genre.

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Tastier Winter Tomatoes, Thanks To A Boom In Greenhouse Growing

Just because it's cold doesn't mean we should have to give up delicious tomatoes. The "buy-local" movement has spurred a boom in greenhouse grown winter tomatoes in cold climates from Jackson Hole, Wyo., to Madison, Maine. And it uses less water and less land than conventional methods.
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LivingSocial Lays Off 160 D.C. Employees

The online daily deals site LivingSocial has confirmed that it is laying off 400 employees, including 160 in D.C. Early this year, the company received a $36.5 million tax break from the District.

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The Role Of The SEC And What's Needed To Keep Watch On Wall Street (Rebroadcast)

The role of the SEC in regulating Wall Street.

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Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own

A North American quinoa boom may be just over the horizon, plant breeders say, as the Rocky Mountains, much of Canada, and the Pacific Northwest all have potential as production regions. Right now, almost all of the world's supply of the ancient superfood comes from a few suitable growing places in South America.

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