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Smithfield Deal Highlights China's Reliance On U.S. Farmers

A Chinese food company is buying Virginia-based Smithfield Foods in a deal valued at $4.7 billion. It's being called the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese buyer, but the deal will likely face close scrutiny.
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Two Newspapers Battle It Out For The New Orleans Market

Residents were outraged when The Times-Picayune cut its paper-and-ink edition to three days a week to focus on its website. Now the paper is facing a new competitor for the local media market — one based 80 miles away.
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Home Prices On The Rise Across U.S.

Robert Siegel speaks with Rob Lang, director of Brookings Mountain West, about the latest S&P Case-Shiller home price index numbers. In particular, cautious optimism is returning to the Las Vegas housing market, but some see it as a new bubble.
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Tea Party Firebrand Bachmann Won't Seek Fifth Term

Tea Party favorite and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced that she would not run for re-election to her Minnesota House seat. Bachmann was facing a tough fight, having barely beaten an unknown Democrat in a district that Republican nominee Mitt Romney carried by 15 points.
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How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'

New York Times reporter Barry Meier's new e-book explores opiate painkillers and the consequences that come with long-term use. He focuses in particular on OxyContin, how it came to be prescribed for chronic pain, what the consequences have been, and how it became a street drug.
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Cooking With Cicadas: No Weirder Than Eating Cheese?

We know, eating bugs sounds strange, but 2 billion people already do it — and the U.N. has made the case for insects as a key protein source. For U.S. East Coasters, the coming of the 17-year cicadas provides an opportunity to cook with bugs. If you want to try your hand at it, there's a cookbook to guide your way.
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What's The Meaning Of This? A New Twist In The Spelling Bee

For the first time in the competition's 86-year history, a vocabulary test is part of the preliminary and semifinal rounds.

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