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Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill

A group is calling on back-to-school shoppers to boycott Macy's and Kroger stores in Texas this weekend, in retaliation for the national retailers' efforts to quash a bill that would have strengthened the state's wage discrimination law.
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Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot

Picking berries is hard, sometimes backbreaking work. But consumers rarely consider the physical labor required to deliver them fresh fruits and vegetables. In a new book, a medical anthropologist argues that farmworkers deserve better health care.
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UBS To Pay $120 Million In Lehman Brothers Dispute

Swiss banking giant UBS has agreed to pay $120 million to settle a lawsuit by investors. The case goes back to 2007. Investors said they were misled about the health of the financial firm Lehman Brothers when UBS was selling them investments linked to Lehman's debt. Lehman collapsed into bankruptcy in 2008.
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'Aetna, I'm Glad I Met Ya!' — On Twitter

Stodgy old insurance companies are working on their social media skills to deal with new kinds of customer complaints. The company accounts on Twitter and elsewhere also help the insurers manage their brands and do quick damage control.
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The Sheryl Sandberg Effect: Rise Of Female COOs

The chief operating officer is a position increasingly filled by women. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook, but Sheryl Sandberg monetized it.
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New Digital Amber Alerts Could Create A Backlash

Recent Amber Alerts startled millions of mobile phone owners and left them confused. The wireless emergency alert system just rolled out for mobile phones earlier this year. Some child advocates worry that the alerts' lack of context may cause people to turn them off.
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Britain's Trade Deficit Narrowed In June

New data show the trade deficit in Britain was helped by a healthy rise in exports, which hit $67 billion in June. That's a new high. The strong performance indicates Britain may finally be emerging from years of stagnation.
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FTC Receives Complaints About Learning Apps For Babies

Some educational apps may not be all that educational. At least that's the claim made in a complaint filed this week at the Federal Trade Commission against Fisher Price. Its Laugh & Learn apps have been downloaded nearly 3 million times.
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Powerball Winners Are Beginning To Come Forward

Wednesday's $448 million Powerball drawing had three winning tickets. One is held by a project engineer in Minnesota. And there are reports some county garage workers in New Jersey have a lot to celebrate. The Press of Atlantic City reports 16 workers in Ocean County hold one of the winning tickets.
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How is The U.S. Economy Doing? Examining Latest Data

Linda Wertheimer talks with Ryan Avent, of The Economist about the major economic indicators that came out this week, and what they say about the health of the economy.

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