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Peet's Coffee Sold For Nearly $1 Billion

Joh. A. Benckiser is buying the coffee chain that Dutch-born Alfred Peet started in Berkeley, Calif., in the 1960s. The shop inspired Starbucks' founders, and Peet taught them how to roast coffee. Unlike Starbucks, Peet's stayed small, with about 200 stores. The headquarters will remain in northern California.
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At Silicon Valley Boot Camp, Perfecting The Pitch

Second in a three-part series. Only 1 percent of high-tech startups in Silicon Valley are run by African-Americans. The number of women is less than 10 percent. The NewME minority accelerator is trying to change the face of the industry by encouraging, mentoring and training women and minorities to test their ideas in the high-tech and venture capital world.
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Despite Crop Insurance, Drought Still Stings Farmers

Many farmers carry terrific crop insurance, and the worse the drought becomes, the more individual farmers will be paid for their lost crops. The federal government picks up most of the cost of the crop insurance program, and this year that bill is going to be a whopper.
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Tech Week Ahead: A Look At Quarterly Reports

Robert Siegel looks ahead to the week's tech news with Steve Henn. They cover the quarterly reports from the big tech companies.
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Ordering Food Online? That'll Be More Calories, Cost And Complexity

It may be easy to order food online, but it's also more pricey and more calorific compared to traditional ways of ordering, says a new study. It seems we lose our personal inhibitions when we don't have to talk to the seller or see other customers.
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Olympic Economics, The Pre-Games Show

The Olympics are a great spectacle. So is the sport of figuring out whether the event is a money-maker, a financial flop or something in between.
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Stocks Slide On Fears About Europe, Other Worries

Traders reacted to word that Europe's debt crisis may be deepening, China's economy may slow and some U.S. companies' earnings may be disappointing.
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Rifts Emerge Amid 'Frac Sand' Rush In Wisconsin

Western Wisconsin counties bordering the Mississippi River have a unique geography: steep bluffs with layers and layers of silica sand. The sand is extremely valuable because it's strong enough to prop open underground veins in shale fields so oil and natural gas can be released. It's called "frac sand," and Wisconsin appears to have more of it than any other state. But the hills are private property, so sand mining companies have to negotiate with local farmers — not all of whom are on board.

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