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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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Trains Gain Steam In Race To Transport Crude Oil In The U.S.

Oil production in the U.S. is booming, and that's making it harder to get crude oil from the field to the refinery. With pipelines filled to capacity, energy firms are turning to rail networks.
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Goodbye Paper Menus? Restaurants Test The Water For Tablets

Digital menus may help diners make more informed choices about restaurants' food and drink options. And they may boost restaurant profits, too: Sales have increased 23 percent since one Florida restaurant introduced tablet menus in September.
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Deficit Hawks 'Have No Monopoly On Morality,' Summers Says

In the latest of many conversations with policymakers about the economy, federal deficits and the debt, NPR hears from the former Clinton-era Treasury secretary who went on to be a top economic adviser in the Obama White House.
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Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security

In a new book, billionaire investor Warren Buffett and his son and grandson discuss how to feed a growing planet. "We've been fortunate to make a whole lot more money than anybody can spend intelligently on themselves, so the object is to spend it intelligently on the rest of the world," says the senior Buffett.
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Monday Morning Political Mix: Obamacare Site Hits Another Snag

Part of the Affordable Care Act's back-office technology thought to be working well failed on Sunday... President Obama didn't know until this summer that the NSA was spying on leaders of some of its strongest allies... The Pentagon has a 92-year old futurist nicknamed "Yoda."
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Halloween Is For The Dogs

Move over kids! The National Retail Federation reports that more than $300 million will be spent this year on Halloween costumes for pets.
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Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach

Amazon has been quietly making inroads into a new approach to retail, partnering with manufacturers to ship products directly from the warehouse to consumers, essentially taking out the middle man. The online retailing giant's move comes as it and its competitors experiment with faster delivery.
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One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First'

Women and Children First has weathered more than three decades of competition from chain stores and online booksellers to become one of the largest feminist bookstores in the U.S. Now, the Chicago store is among the few of its kind left standing — and it's on the hunt for new ownership.
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Where HealthCare.gov Fell Short Of Other E-Commerce Sites

The federal government's beleaguered health care exchange site, HealthCare.gov, shares little in common with the e-commerce sites consumers use every day. On most e-commerce sites, prices are simple to find. Not so on HealthCare.gov. That may be one of the reasons relatively few visitors to the site have actually enrolled. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Oct. 22, 2013.)

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