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Hard-Core And Casual Gamers Play In Different Worlds

Among gamers, there's a great schism between the casual players who poke away at their cellphones and hard-core devotees who pound at controllers and keyboards for hours at a time. Game makers are trying hard to target both thriving groups.
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To Test-Drive A Concept Car, Fire Up The PlayStation

Cars in video games are becoming more and more realistic, but it's not just that games are trying to simulate the car world. Carmakers also want the gaming world's clientele.
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$1.1 Million Dune Buggy: Youabian Makes Splash At LA Car Show

At this week's show, a long and large four-seater has drawn more notice than perhaps any other car, with attendees calling it "insane" and "deranged." The Youabian Puma's makers say the car has only one goal: "to stand out and be unique."
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2015 Health Insurance Deadline To Be Pushed Back One Month

Next year, the White House says, Americans won't have to start signing up until Nov. 15. The administration says that will give insurers more time to prepare their rates. It also starts the enrollment period after the 2014 elections.
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Tech Week That Was: Video Gaming, Bitcoin And Landlines

The week's tech coverage was dominated by Bitcoin, the cyber-currency that was the focus of a congressional hearing, and by video games, which were the subject NPR explored in its weekly tech theme. And a few other things caught our eye.
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Wal-Mart Food Drive Unwittingly Fuels Talk Of Minimum Wage Hike

Advocates for low-wage workers are using a Wal-Mart store's food drive for its own employees as an example of why the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour should be increased to help keep up with inflation.
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As Inequality Grows, Swiss To Vote On Curbing Executive Pay

The proposal would prohibit a corporate executive from making more than 12 times what a company's lowest-paid worker makes. Opponents warn it could drive companies and jobs out of Switzerland. But there is a growing mood across Europe in favor of limiting corporate pay.
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Government To Sell Its Remaining GM Shares

The Treasury Department announced on Thursday that the U.S. government will sell its remaining 31 million shares in GM by the end of the year. The government received the stock when it bailed out GM during the financial crisis.
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Because Of Noise, Bar To Raise Drinking Age To 25

Phil's Crummy Corner, a bar in Brooklyn, announced it is raising its drinking age to 25. The restaurant manager told local news site DNA Info that the age limit will only be in place on weekend nights. It's an attempt to keep out loud and rowdy late night crowds.
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Federal Regulators Crack Down On Payday Advances

Consumer advocates are hailing a decision by federal regulators to crack down on so called deposit advances — a type of payday loan offered by some banks. Going forward, banks will not be allowed to let their customers take deposit advances more than once a month, or take them in consecutive months.

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