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Sweet. Tart. Crunchy: How To Engineer A Better Apple

Over the past six years, an estimated 130 new apple varieties have hit markets around the globe. And behind every crisp, tasty bite, there's a world of plant breeding — and decades of painful trial and error.
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How The Shutdown Is Hurting The Housing Market

A variety of government agencies — some all but shut down at the moment — play a large role in real estate. So far, their absence from the game is causing more inconvenience than real problems. But soon the effects on housing and the broader economy could become pronounced.
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Meet Dave, A 19-Year-Old Craft Beer With A $2,000 Price Tag

The brewery that makes Dave is donating some of the proceeds to Guide Dogs for the Blind. But buyers who shell out the $2,000 are likely in it for more than the goodwill. There's a lot of hype around Dave.
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Boston School Bus Drivers Back Behind The Wheel After Strike

About 600 drivers went on strike Tuesday, leaving 30,000 students to find their own way to school.
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A Recurring Tragedy: Death In A Bangladesh Garment Factory

The fire at a garment factory outside the capital Wednesday is the latest in a series of such disasters and comes just six months after the worst disaster in the garment industry's history.
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Top Stories: Nobel In Chemistry; Yellen Gets Nod As Fed Chair

Also: Boehner says short-term shutdown deal would be 'unconditional surrender" and U.S. to cut some military aid to Egypt.
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Wednesday Morning Political Mix

President Obama is expected to name Janet Yellen to be the first woman to chair the Federal Reserve... Some Senate Democrats are warning they might have to go "nuclear" on the debt-ceiling... Piecemeal reopening of federal agencies would leave vast parts of the government closed.
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Obama, Boehner Stake Out Positions On Shutdown

President Obama made his case for reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling at a White House news conference Tuesday afternoon. It was his first news conference in several weeks. House Speaker John Boehner spoke at the Capitol for about five minutes.
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Health Scares In China Hurt Yum Brands' Profits

The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut has reported a near 70 percent drop in profits this quarter. Yum Brands relies on operations in China for three quarters of its revenue. Recent food safety issues and a bird flu outbreak there hit the company especially hard.
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U.S. Ban Unlikely To Affect Samsung's Bottom Line

The Obama administration has upheld a ban on the import and sale of some Samsung smartphones and tablets. The move represents a victory for Apple, which is embroiled in a longstanding patent dispute with Samsung. But the import ban is unlikely to affect Samsung's profits since the devices at the heart of the case are no longer big sellers.

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