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Record High Corn Prices Coming Back Down, With Mixed Effects

Corn prices have fallen from the record heights of 2011 and 2012. The cheaper corn is helping farmers who need to feed livestock, and it's already showing up in some consumer prices. For instance, Chipotle Mexican Grill, when it released earnings this summer, said it saw food prices stabilizing and it no longer expected to make previously announced price increases for the balance of the year. For grain farmers, though, the lower prices may spell the end of the good times.
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For DC, Prospect Of Prolonged Shutdown Provokes Anxiety

Washington, D.C., and its surrounding suburbs were spared the worst of the economic downturn. Federal spending and contracting remained strong, even during the darkest days of the recession. But with the government shutdown, is the region going to take a hit? That depends a lot on how long the shutdown lasts and whether you can make up the money after it ends.
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Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years In Prison

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison on convictions of extortion, bribery, racketeering and tax crimes. The sentence, far more than Kilpatrick's defense wanted, is meant to send a message about how government should work according to the judge.
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Furloughed FDA Worker Hits The Streets To Drum Up Extra Cash

Jonathan Derr of Silver Spring, Md., works for the Food and Drug Administration. Last week, he was one of the estimated 800,000 federal workers furloughed because of the partial government shutdown.
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Starbucks Pours Money, And Health Hype, Into Pricey Juice

Starbucks is investing big bucks in its Evolution Fresh line of cold-pressed juices with a massive new factory. Food scientists say all the hype around premium juices may get some consumers to boost their fruit and vegetable consumption. But these pricier juices, they say, are no more nutritious than regular old fruits and vegetables.
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How Political Miscalculations Led To The Shutdown Standoff

Throughout the debate, both Democrats and Republicans have made decisions based on faulty assumptions about the other side. What's still not clear is what it will take to end the crisis.
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Catcher In The Fry? McDonald's Happy Meals With A Side Of Books

For two weeks in November, McDonald's will swap out the toys in its kids' meals for original books that have nutritionally focused themes. The fast-food giant's plunge into publishing has inspired some witty mock Mcbook titles. But critics of its marketing to kids aren't so amused.
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For MacArthur 'Genius,' 'Love' Is The Essence Of Her Art

Visual artist Carrie Mae Weems has been celebrated for her art and activism for decades, and now she can add a MacArthur "genius" grant to her collection. In a conversation with NPR's Michel Martin, Weems discusses life, love and turning 60.
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Want To Feel 5 Years Older? Just Take A Memory Test

How old you feel can affect your physical and mental health. Older people who took a memory test said they felt older after they took the test than they did before. But researchers say this age shift effect can be positive when older people are tested on something they're great at, like word puzzles.
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Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Sentenced To 28 Years

Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of, among other things, extortion, fraud and conspiracy. During the trial he was accused of running a kick-back scheme that fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars.

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