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The Latest Frontier In Gourmet Salt, From The Lowest Point On Earth

Spas and beauty products have long touted the health benefits of floating in the buoyant Dead Sea waters and slathering its thick black mud on your skin. Now an Israeli company is promoting Dead Sea salt as a healthful gourmet product, in part because of its high mineral content.
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How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You; 'Privacy Wear' Comes To Market

A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cell phone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another design team in Canada says they could do stuff like this — but they won't. Who's right?
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Microsoft Vs. Medium: A Tale Of Two Office Cultures

The corporate culture at Microsoft seems to go against the tech industry's trend toward more empowered employees. The focus on the software giant's inner workings comes as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prepares to depart.
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To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

California's small producers of tomatoes, grapes and other crops are increasingly taking up dry farming, which involves growing crops without watering them for months. The technique, which obviously saves water, can produce more flavorful crops.
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Click Here For 'The New York Times' While It's Being Hacked

The Times appears to be the target of another hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Assad group. But the news organization has created an alternate site where its stories can be seen.
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JPMorgan Chase In Negotiations With Federal Government

U.S. authorities are pressing JPMorgan Chase to settle lawsuits over bonds backed by subprime mortgages, according to a report. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is looking in the range of $6 billion to settle those suits.
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Magazine Touts Arizona's Foliage Over Vermont's Colors

Vermonters may not have believed their eyes when they saw this magazine headline: Autumn In Arizona & Why It's Better Here Than It Is In Vermont." Arizona Highways made the claim for that states fall colors. The publisher says the story was an effort to show that Arizona isn't just desert
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Rim Fire Drives Away Business From Iron Door Saloon

The wildfire near Yosemite National Park has scorched more than 180,000 acres since it erupted on Aug. 17. Renee Montagne talks to Corinna Loh, whose family owns the Iron Door Saloon in Grovedale, Calif. She has lost two homes to the Rim Fire and is struggling to keep her business open.
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Wal-Mart To Offer Same-Sex Health Benefits

Retailing giant Wal-Mart has announced it will extend comprehensive medical benefits to domestic and legally married same-sex partners beginning next year. Wal-Mart is the single biggest U.S. employer outside of the federal government.
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Mayer Shines At Yahoo After Spotlight Dimmed At Google

Yahoo has redesign some of its major sites — the latest step in CEO Marissa Mayer's dramatic turnaround of the Internet company. Before Mayer interviewed for the job at Yahoo, her career at Google appeared to have stalled. Renee Montagne discusses this with Nicholas Carlson, who wrote a profile of Mayer for the news website Business Insider.

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