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A123's Bankruptcy Reignites Obama's Green Critics

A123 Systems has filed for bankruptcy. The company makes lithium ion batteries for hybrid and electric cars — or it did. The company's automotive assets are being sold, and the bankruptcy filing will likely be controversial. A123 received a $249 million grant from the government in 2009.
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Target Begins Running Holiday TV Ads Early

Traditionally, Target has held off on unveiling its Christmas season ads until after Thanksgiving. Social media has buzzed with shock that the chain was breaching holiday decorum.
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Farmers Cautious Of Drought-Resistant Seeds

This summer's dry weather gave a great real-world test for drought-resistant corn, which seed companies are eager to promote. But many farmers worry that these drought-resistant seeds won't perform as well in regular or wet years.
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The Brain Of The Beast: Google Reveals The Computers Behind The Cloud

For years, Google has kept mostly silent about the technology that has made it one of the leaders in cloud computing. Now, for the first time, Google has opened the doors of its data centers to the outside.
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Home Health Aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little

The home care workforce is one of the nation's fastest growing, yet its 2.5 million members — nearly all women — are also among the worst paid. With fears of a labor shortage as baby boomers age, there are efforts to make the job more attractive.
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Citigroup CEO's Exit Leaves Wall Street Scratching Its Head

An immediate resignation is "not the way boards do things," one analyst said about the confounding news.
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Farmer Tackling Monsanto's Seed Policy Gets A Day In Supreme Court

Whether food giant Monsanto's practice of patenting crop seeds is legal when farmers have little opportunity to find alternatives may finally get a review from the Supreme Court this year. It has agreed to hear a case in which a farmer planting Monsanto seeds without paying.

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