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5 things Arrested Development's comeback can teach the TV biz

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Forbes: Arrested Development's comeback has elicited more angst than celebration inside the TV business.

 

Merkley seeks to overturn "Monsanto Protection Act"

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

New York Daily News: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is trying to introduce an amendment to the Senate farm bill removing protections granted in recent legislation to companies making generically-modified seeds, in particular Monsanto.

 

Oregon one of only two states to get Chevy Spark EV

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

USA Today: Chevrolet's Spark electric vehicle will be available for lease at $199 per month.

 

Apple has operated tax-free in Ireland since 1980s

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Reuters: The company was welcomed by a government keen to bring jobs to what was then one of Europe's poorest countries.

 

Jerry Lewis reiterates dislike for female comics

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

AP: Women don't make comedian Jerry Lewis laugh.

 

Geography of Hate map shows hotspot near The Dalles

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Time: Humboldt State University professor Monica Stephens and a team of researchers combined Google Map's API with homophobic, racist and prejudiced tweets to create the "Geography of Hate" map.

 

Sweden hit by worst riots in years

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Reuters: Hundreds of youths have set fire to cars and attacked police and rescue services in poor immigrant suburbs.

 

Home sales highest in 3 1/2 years

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AP: Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes ticked up last month to the highest level in three and a half years, helped by a jump in the number of houses for sale.

 

Portland unemployment falls to 7.5 percent

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Portland unemployment fell in April in step with the national average.

 

Teen activist to meet with Abercrombie CEO

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Salon.com: Teen activist Benjamin O’Keefe’s petition calling on Abercrombie & Fitch to stop discriminating against people above a size 10 quickly seems to have caught the attention of company CEO Mike Jeffries.

 

Massive tornado leaves dozens dead

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CBSnews.com: A monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood.

 

Apple dodges taxes on offshore income

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Washington Post: A Senate investigation has concluded that Apple was able to avoid paying taxes on tens of billions of offshore income with a web of entities that had no employees or offices.

 

Yahoo buying Tumblr

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Monday, May 20, 2013

USA Today: Yahoo will pay $1.1 billion in cash for social media blogging site Tumblr.

 
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