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New world trade center tallest in nation

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CNN: New York City has needled out Chicago for the title of America's tallest building.

 

Sweden closing four prisons as number of inmates decreases

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Guardian: Prison numbers in Sweden dropped 6% between 2011 and 2012 and are expected to do the same in the next few years.

 

Wal-Mart's Black Friday to start earlier than ever

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Yahoo: WalMart's Black Friday deal bonanza starts earlier than ever this year, at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

 

Somalia gets first fiber optic link

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Reuters: African fiber optic company Liquid Telecom has delivered a broadband Internet cable to Somalia's doorstep.

 

Amazon, Postal Service to deliver on Sundays

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Bloomberg: Amazon.com and the U.S. Postal Service are teaming up to offer Sunday delivery.

 

Twitter deemed suitable for Islamic investment

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Reuters: Shares in Twitter Inc have been found eligible for investment by Islamic funds, according to IdealRatings.

 

Philippines declares national calamity

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Monday, November 11, 2013

BBC: Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

 

Mormon church will own nearly 2 percent of Florida

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Orlando Sentinel: The Mormon church will soon own almost 2% of Florida when it completes a deal to buy most of the real estate of the St. Joe Co.

 

How infant formula companies bought China

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Reuters: An investigation reveals that global infant formula companies have found ways to skirt and violate a 1995 Chinese code barring promotion of formula in hospitals.

 

Amazon e-book offer riles bookshop owners

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Friday, November 08, 2013

BBC: Bookshop owners have hit back at an initiative by Amazon to sell its Kindle e-book reader in independent shops.

 

Washington city votes to raise minimum wage

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

CNN: SeaTac, Wash. residents voted to raise the minimum wage to $15.

 

Toronto mayor rants in newly released video

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Toronto Star: The mayor of Canada’s biggest city, Rob Ford, who is already accused of smoking crack, was captured on video stumbling about someone's living room ranting.

 

FDA to ban trans fats from processed foods

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Chicago Tribune: The Food and Drug Administration is trying to eliminate artificially created trans fats that are linked to heart disease from all processed foods.

 
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