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Gibson Guitar Settles Case Over Imported Wood

The company was accused of illegally importing ebony and rosewood. It turned the case into a high-profile debate about government regulation. But now it has settled and agreed to pay penalties.
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Gibson Guitar Settles Criminal Case Over Exotic Wood Imports

The company was accused of illegally importing ebony and rosewood. It turned the case into a high-profile debate about government regulation. But now it has settled and agreed to pay penalties.
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Purists Sniff As Stink-Free Durian Fruit Seeks A Fan Base

A Thai scientist has been working for 25 years to breed the famous stink out of the tropical fruit so it can fly on airplanes and attract new markets. But breeding out the famous stink will diminish its appeal, say some fans.
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Myanmar's Workers Exercise Rights To Organize

Political and economic changes in Myanmar have fueled a wave of labor unrest in the country also known as Burma. Myanmar is in the very early stages of industrial development and has some of the lowest wages in the world. Wages are unlikely to reach levels seen elsewhere in the region anytime soon.
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Southwest Airlines Rectifies Ticket Billing Error

Refunds are arriving into the bank accounts of Southwest Airlines customers who were billed multiple times for promotional fares booked on Friday. In other business news, the Financial Times reports Wall Street banks are moving to prevent "redenomination risk."
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'American Dream,' Betrayed By Bad Economic Policy

Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele say a government commitment to free trade and an indifference to offshoring of jobs has crippled the middle class. And, they say, that situation is unlikely to change, no matter who wins this year's presidential election.
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A Cup Of Death Wish Coffee Will Jolt You Awake

Death Wish is the name of a coffee roaster in upstate New York. It claims to sell the strongest coffee in the world: 200 percent more caffeine than the typical coffee shop brew, according to the company's website.

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