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New van Gogh painting identified

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Monday, September 09, 2013

BBC: A previously unknown landscape painting by Vincent van Gogh has been identified by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

 

USDA lets chickens be sent to China for processing, then back to U.S.

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Friday, September 06, 2013

New York Times: The Department of Agriculture approved new rules that allow slaughtered chickens processed in China to be shipped to the U.S.

 

BBC payoffs cause alarm for New York Times

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Reuters: The BBC's former director general Mark Thompson has accused the head of its governing body of misleading Britain's parliament about huge pay-offs to senior executives.

 

The steakhouse as economic indicator

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Fortune: What the sizzle at some legendary chophouses says about the New York economy — and maybe the nation's, too.

 

Australian teen leaks new iPhone photos

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Reuters: An Australian teenager who has built an online following by leaking pictures of upcoming Apple Inc products has the purported fingerprint scanner of the latest iPhone.

 

Lego now second-biggest toy maker

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

BBC: Denmark's Lego has become the world's second-biggest toy maker after reporting a 13% increase in sales.

 

Samsung and Qualcomm release smartwatches

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Reuters: Forging a  "wearables" market worth a potential $50 billion, Qualcomm and Samsung have expanded their reach beyond mobile phones.

 

'Under God' part of Pledge of Allegiance challenged

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

CNN: The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is hearing arguments over the "under God" part of the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Fukushima radiation readings at new high

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Reuters: Radiation readings around tanks holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked by more than a fifth to their highest levels.

 

Power cut leaves Venezuela without electricity

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

BBC: A power cut has left 70% of Venezuela without electricity, including parts of the capital Caracas.

 

Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

New York Times: Former basketball star Dennis Rodman is in North Korea again to visit his "friend" Kim Jong-un.

 

Red Bull heir faces arrest in Thailand

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

BBC: Thai authorities will seek to arrest a grandson of Red Bull's billionaire, co-creator Chaleo Yoovidhaya, after he failed to show for court hearing.

 

Scientists laid off due to budget cuts

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

CNNMoney: Nearly half of the recipients who get federal science funding say they've recently laid off or will lay off scientists and researchers, because federal grants are tougher to win.

 
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