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Drone Manufacturers Confident Domestic Industry Will Grow

Gathering in Washington, D.C., drone manufacturers say they are optimistic about their business, despite a downturn in defense spending. The unmanned vehicle industry is hopeful the domestic market will open up. But they first must address privacy concerns exacerbated by the NSA spying scandal.
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Pent-Up Demand Is Boosting Home Sales, But Can It Last?

Millions of Americans have been living with relatives or renting, trying to ride out the Great Recession and the slow recovery. Those people may be now itching to buy homes before interest rates go up further. But some experts point to negative factors that could hold back a housing boom.
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The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For

Ten years after a cascading power outage across a broad section of the U.S. and Canada, utility operators and regulators are concerned about another blackout scenario: a massive cyberattack that could threaten the U.S. electric grid.
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Teens Use Twitter To Thumb Rides

Need a ride to the party or the concert? Instead of making endless phone calls, these days teens turn to social media to arrange transportation. It's called ridesharing, a form of cyber-hitchhiking used by a generation that isn't rushing to get a driver's license or dream car.
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Gmail Users Shouldn't Expect Privacy, Google Says In Filing

People who use Gmail and other free email systems have no reasonable expectation of privacy, according to court papers filed by lawyers for Google. The filing was made in June, when Google moved to dismiss a case accusing it of breaking laws by scanning users' emails to target them with ads.
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Former JPMorgan Chase Traders Charged Over 'White Whale' Bets

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges on Wednesday against two JPMorgan Chase traders involved in the "London Whale" bets that produced $6 billion in losses for the bank. The Securities and Exchange Commission also filed a civil case. The two men were charged with fraud and conspiracy to falsify books and records.
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Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison

Former Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday. Jackson had pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Jackson's wife Sandi received a one year sentence for her role in the scheme.
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The Grid Of The Future Could Be Brought To You By ... You

The electricity system is experiencing growing pains as the grid is beginning to rely on an increasing amount of renewable, particularly unpredictable sources of power like wind farms and solar panels. So grid operators are turning to individual customers to beef up redundancy and capacity.
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A Lover Of Horse Races, And Horses: Remembering Jack Germond

It's something you don't find much among reporters today, but Jack Germond actually liked politicians. That doesn't mean he suffered phonies. The longtime political journalist, who died Wednesday at 85, was one of the legendary "boys on the bus," who also liked to spend time at the real racetrack.
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Flood Insurance Rates Skyrocket In Coastal Communities

Flood insurance prices are rising drastically in Louisiana after several big storms and a new law. Audie Cornish speaks with Siobhan Hughes, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, for more.

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