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Gary Dahl, Creator Of The Pet Rock, Dies At 78
04/01/2015 6:35 AM
In 1975, Gary Dahl was an advertising executive when he came up with the Pet Rock idea. The stones came in a cardboard box containing a tongue-in-cheek instruction pamphlet for "care and feeding."
With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost
03/31/2015 8:58 AM
Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.
Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations
03/31/2015 2:06 AM
For a decade, Venezuela offered cheap oil at favorable rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela's economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.
Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say
03/30/2015 7:41 PM
More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has gaps, and we'd all be safer if federal food safety efforts were under one roof.
Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back
03/30/2015 6:40 PM
Grocers are losing customers to smaller markets, convenience stores and online shopping. The competition is forcing chains to innovate with in-store restaurants, delivery service and more.
With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits
03/30/2015 7:42 AM
Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to around $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.
Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance
03/29/2015 9:21 PM
The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.
How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth
03/29/2015 11:38 AM
The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.
Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?
03/29/2015 10:44 AM
Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry ? and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback
03/28/2015 9:22 PM
Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.
Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life
03/27/2015 9:35 PM
In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.
Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market
03/27/2015 7:49 PM
Yemen is minor producer of crude oil but controls a strategic energy waterway. More than 3.8 million barrels a day pass through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.
Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You
03/27/2015 6:53 PM
You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in New York and several other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.
Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule
03/27/2015 1:21 PM
In the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of a German airliner, carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia say they will emulate a U.S. rule requiring two people in the cockpit at all times.
Senate Follows House In Passing GOP Budget To Balance Budget
03/27/2015 9:06 AM
Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday.
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