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Capitalism means male baldness research gets more funding than malaria, Bill Gates says

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wired: Capitalism means there is more research into male baldness than diseases like malaria, said Bill Gates.

 

Jobless claims hit five-year low

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wall Street Journal: A measure of U.S. jobless claims fell to a five-year low.

 

Smartphone use among teens rising rapidly

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fox: More teenagers are using mobile devices to access the internet instead of traditional computers.

 

George Bush besieged by flash mob in Texas

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

CBSnews.com: Former President George H.W. Bush was honored by a flash mob during a recent visit to the Texas A&M school named for him.

 

Falkland Islanders vote to keep British rule

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Reuters: As Argentina intensifies its sovereignty claim, residents of the Falkland Islands voted almost unanimously to stay under British rule.

 

Black smoke means no new pope

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wall Street Journal: Black smoke rose from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel, meaning that no decsion has been made on a new pope on the first day.

 

Paul Ryan unveils $4.6T plan to cut the deficit

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

USA Today: House Republicans unveiled a budget to balance the U.S. budget in 10 years without raising taxes, but by repealing President Obama's health care law.

 

Dearth of buyers for Hostess Twinkies

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Salon.com: Hostess is moving ahead with plans to sell its famous other snack cakes after nobody stepped forward to top an offer made by two investment firms.

 

Billionaire Chinese blogger eyes New York real estate

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Atlantic.com: Chinese property tycoon Zhang Xin is setting her sights on the historic General Motors building in New York.

 

Dad hacks Donkey Kong so daughter can play as female character

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Wired: Mike Mika hacked Nintendo's Donkey Kong game so his 3-year-old daughter could play as the female character Pauline.

 

U.S. jobless rate lowest in 4 years

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Bloomberg.com: Job growth grew last month as automakers, builders and retailers pushed the unemployment rate to a four-year low.

 

Heart disease found in mummies

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Monday, March 11, 2013

BBC.com: Heart scans of mummies reveal clogged arteries, researchers say.

 

Real dog fur found in Marc Jacobs 'faux fur' coats

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Friday, March 08, 2013

NY Daily News: A Humane Society probe found that Marc Jacobs 'faux fur' jackets actually contain dog hair.

 
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