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Startups Try To Reroute Food Waste To The Hungry

Forty percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten each year. The major problem is also a major opportunity for startups like Food Cowboy and CropMobster, which are trying to cash in by connecting sellers of excess food to people in need of it.
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Consumer Confidence Fell Sharply This Month; Shutdown Blamed

The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.
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Tuesday Political Mix: Obamacare Official In The Batter's Box

The 2014 mid-term elections right now look like they could be a battle over the shutdown and Obamacare... a federal judge stopped parts of a Texas abortion law that would have decreased access to the procedure... Ohio's GOP Gov. Kasich defies his party to defend the social safety net for the poor.
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New Fries Help Burger King To A Whopper Of An Earnings Boost

The fast-food chain Burger King reports a huge jump in earnings: nearly $70 million in the last quarter. A year ago, third-quarter profits were just over $6 million. Customers flocked to locations in the U.S. and Canada to taste the "Satisfry," a supposedly healthier french fry.
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Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been?

Law enforcement agencies across the country subpoena cellphone location data regularly. But civil liberties groups hope a series of state-level legal victories will usher in stronger protections for that often-revealing digital information.
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Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy

After Sandy hit the region around New York City last year, many residents had difficulty finding gasoline for their cars and generators. It's now clear there were problems all along the fuel supply chain. Policymakers have been examining what happened and how to prevent it in the future.
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How Video Games Are Getting Inside Your Head — And Wallet

Some parents say their children are addicted to video games, but it's no accident that kids can get lost in them. Game developers are studying gamers' actions as they play in order to make the games more compelling — and lucrative.
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Etsy's New Policy Means Some Items Are 'Handmade In Spirit'

Online marketplace Etsy is a hive for creative vendors selling handmade goods. But the site recently said it will allow sellers to outsource their manufacturing. Some vendors with growing businesses are delighted at this news; others feel Etsy is abandoning its small enterprises.
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Theme Park Called 'Insensitive' For 'Miner's Revenge' Attraction

Many thought the Halloween maze at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Va., was in poor taste because of the region's experience with mine disasters. The park is about 300 miles away from West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine, where an explosion three years ago killed 29 miners.
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'News Of The World' Phone Hacking Trial Gets Started In London

Monday was day one of The News of the World phone hacking scandal trial in London. Among others, two former editors of the now-defunct tabloid — Andy Coulson and Rebecca Brooks — have been charged with a raft of offences, including some that carry a prison sentence.

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