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Book News: Amazon Defends Tough Negotiating Tactics

Wed, 2014-05-28 07:06

The retailer has been in a spat with the publisher Hachette. Also: Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is writing an adaptation of Hamlet; Hillary Clinton released the "author's note" to her memoir.

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Could Diet Soda Really Be Better Than Water For Weight Loss?

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:41

A new study funded by the beverage industry suggests that diet drinks might be more effective than water alone in helping dieters shed pounds. Researchers speculate that soda made people less hungry.

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Son Of Late Snake-Handling Pastor Is Bitten By Rattlesnake

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:37

Months after taking over for his father as the leader of a Pentecostal church, Cody Coots was bitten this week. His father, Jamie, died of a poisonous snake bite in February.

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Can Employers Dump Workers On Health Exchanges? Yes, For A Price

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:20

A recent IRS rule bars employers from offering workers tax-free subsidies to buy policies. But a company could still cancel its plan and leave workers to buy individual policies on the marketplaces.

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Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86

Wed, 2014-05-28 05:41

Angelou refused to speak for much of her childhood and revealed the scars of her past in her groundbreaking memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She opened doors for black and female writers.

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Snowden Says He Was 'Trained As A Spy' In NBC Interview

Wed, 2014-05-28 05:08

Targeting what he calls "misleading" statements about his work for the U.S., former NSA contractor Edward Snowden tells NBC's Brian Williams he "was trained as a spy" and lived under a false name.

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Google's New Car Lacks A Steering Wheel (And Brakes)

Wed, 2014-05-28 03:58

The tech company built three prototypes from scratch, creating compact cars that look like they're on an extreme no-options diet. For now, their top speed is 25 mph.

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When College Isn't Worth It

Wed, 2014-05-28 03:49

Higher education always pays off. Except if you do these three things.

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Ukraine Promises To Crush Insurgency; Chechnya Denies Sending Troops

Wed, 2014-05-28 03:22

Chechnya's leader says the country hasn't sent fighters to join rebels in eastern Ukraine, denying a charge that gained substance when Chechens were reportedly found after recent fighting.

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After Private Pilots Complain, Customs Rethinks Intercept Policy

Tue, 2014-05-27 23:35

A crackdown by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on drug smugglers is causing trouble for private pilots. Pilots say they are sometimes enduring hours of questioning by police searching for drugs.

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Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too

Tue, 2014-05-27 23:33

In professional sports, it's the players who get all the attention. But commentator Frank Deford says referees, who so often go unnoticed, bring their own style and artistry to their craft.

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Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

Tue, 2014-05-27 23:31

After nearly 50 years of tight regulations, farmers in some states are now allowed to grow hemp seeds for experimentation. But it's still illegal to import viable seeds — which are in high demand.

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Want Your Cheese To Age Gracefully? Cowgirl Creamery's Got Tips

Tue, 2014-05-27 23:29

The co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery were among the first American cheesemakers to be recognized by the prestigious French cheese guild. So they know a thing or two about storing and using old cheese.

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How To Shop For Long-Term Care Insurance

Tue, 2014-05-27 23:27

Buying insurance is always a gamble — weighing the total cost of monthly premiums against the chance that you'll need pricey care. So how can you tell if long-term care insurance is right for you?

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In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins

Tue, 2014-05-27 23:25

As Myanmar has opened up its political system, it has unleashed long suppressed tensions. The Rohingya Muslims have been hard hit, with many driven from their homes and now confined to camps.

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