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U.S., WTO Pressure China On Rare Earth Minerals

The U.S., Europe and Japan have announced plans to file a new case against China at the World Trade Organization. Manufacturing companies around the world accuse China of inflating the price of certain "rare earth" minerals by limiting their export. China produces 95 percent of the minerals.
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Homeless Hotspots: Exploitation Or Innovation?

An advertising agency sparked controversy at the South by Southwest technology conference when it hired homeless people in Austin to act as "Homeless Hotspots." Critics charge that it exploits the homeless. But Megan Garber, a staff writer for The Atlantic, sees some good in the project.
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Shooting At DC USA Concerns Neighbors

Four years, almost to the day of DC USA's grand opening in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, there was a shooting at the District's largest retail operation.

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U.S. Pressures China To Ease Mineral Restrictions

The Obama administration is taking China to the World Trade Organization Tuesday. The move is aimed at pressuring China to ease restrictions on rare earth minerals. The minerals are critical to high-tech production of electronic products and military technology — from iPads to smart bombs.
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Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines

Thanks to high commodity prices and surging productivity, U.S. farmers earned a net income of nearly $98 billion last year — a record, according to analysts. Economists say two major factors have been driving up demand: exports and ethanol.
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What's The Chance Of Getting A Lost Cellphone Back?

The odds you'll ever see your lost cellphone again are 50-50, according to a study by security firm Symantec. That's the company behind the Norton antivirus software. Symantec purposely lost smartphones in public areas to see if the finders would return them to their owners.
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U.S. Treasury Raises $32 Billion In Bond Auction

What is remarkable is that those who bought bonds will get a tiny rate of return. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about what the results mean, who's buying Treasuries and how the borrowed funds are being spent.

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