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Pilot Flying J Gas Stations Target Of Federal Investigation

This week the FBI and IRS raided the headquarters of one of the country's largest private employers: Pilot Flying J. The chain operates more than 600 gas stations and convenience stores in 44 states. It's owned by billionaire Jimmy Haslam. Haslam also owns the Cleveland Browns and his brother is Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who owns shares in the company.
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Patenting Your DNA

Last week, the Supreme Court heard a case -- Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. -- with questions about the legality of patenting human DNA at its center. We explore the implications of this 21st century case for doctors and patients.


FAA OKs Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

More insulation between battery cells and a new steel box to contain a potential fire are Boeing's solution for battery woes that grounded the "Dreamliner."
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Fertilizer Plant Safety And Oversight

The fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, raises questions about the safety of similar facilities around the country. Concerns over how fertilizer plants are regulated and risks to the public.


Frozen Food Gets Ready For Its Image Upgrade

The frozen food industry wants you to know that even though its food isn't "fresh," it's still good. And they're paying big bucks to convince you.

Blast Rips Through West, Texas, Fertilizer Plant

A fertilizer plant exploded near Waco, Texas, Wednesday night. The explosion at West Fertilizer in downtown West, a community about 20 miles north of Waco, happened around 7 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles to the north.

Glitch Causes Foreclosure Settlement Checks To Bounce

In recent days, the government began sending out checks to about 4 million people whose homes fell into foreclosure during the housing crisis. It's part of an agreement with banks accused of making serious errors in processing those foreclosures. The independent company the government hired to oversee the payment process says it's fixed the glitch, and the money is now there.

Despite Flaws, Harvard Economists Stand By Research

At what point does debt start to drag down an economy? Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff have argued that a debt to GDP ratio of 90 percent is a red line of sorts. That idea is under attack with economists from the University of Massachusetts charging that Rogoff and Reinhart used selective data to make their case.