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NTSB Wraps Up Hearings On Boeing's 787 Battery Issues

The National Transportation Safety Board has completed two days of hearings on the problems affecting Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliners. Those jets will have newly designed batteries housed in a fire proof containment box. There are other safety enhancements too.
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Forget Maple Syrup. Put Some Beer In The Mail

Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill to let brewers ship their beer directly to consumers. The proposal faces the concern that underage drinkers might order beer, but wineries already do this.
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Lady Bugs Protect Mall Of America's Greenery

Third graders released some 72,000 lady bugs inside the Minnesota mall this week. They are an alternative to pesticides. The lady bugs protect the greenery by eating aphids.
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Weekly Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

While the news is a positive sign, employers still seem to be reluctant to add many new jobs to their payrolls.
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5 Presidents Set To Help Dedicate George W. Bush's Library

The former president's library is on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Its opening comes as polls show his approval rating on the rise.
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Boston Bombing Investigation: Thursday's Developments

The FBI wants to speak with "Misha," a man who relatives of the suspects say may have introduced Tamerlan Tsarnaev to radical Islam. Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly stopped giving information to investigators after being read his Miranda rights.
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Shifting Retail Landscape Tilts Support For Online Sales Tax

The U.S. Senate seems ready to let states collect sales tax from more online retailers. Support for the measure has increased as businesses have converged their online and offline sales. "We're looking for consistency" in how taxes are collected, says the owner of a St. Louis pet store chain.

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