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Tile Business Owners: Web Sales Tax Would Be A 'Nightmare'

With the Senate's passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act, David Greene asks two small business owners what the law could mean for them. The bill would require online retailers to collect state sales taxes. Lundy Wilder and Dave Perry own Villa Lagoon Tile in Gulf Shores, Ala.
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PG&E Could Pay Record Fine For 2010 Natural Gas Blast

Regulators recommend utility company Pacific Gas and Electric pay a $2.25 billion penalty for a natural gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif. The fire, blamed on poor maintenance on an aging pipeline, killed eight people, injured dozens and destroyed 38 homes in the San Francisco suburb.
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Inspiration For Marge Simpson Passes Away

Margaret Groening died last month at the age of 94. Her son Matt Groening created The Simpsons, which is now the longest-running scripted TV show ever.
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U.S. Turns Up Heat On Costly Commercial Cyber Theft In China

U.S. official displeasure has grown over the problem of Chinese cyber-espionage. The Obama administration has signaled that it will step up the investigation and prosecution of trade-secret theft and has not ruled out punitive measures.
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Envisioning The Future With Inventor Cori Lathan

This enterprising technologist is designing for a future where computers are intuitive and anticipate our every need. We're not there yet, but she has started a company that aims to imagine, build and test tomorrow's gadgets today.
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Some Net Retailers Aren't Buying Online Sales Tax Proposal

Proponents of the bill, currently before Congress, say collecting taxes from online sales should be relatively simple for retailers. But with close to 10,000 tax jurisdictions around the country, some online businesses say collecting the taxes and navigating potential problems will be a costly burden.

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