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Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0400 
    The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.


Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:16:00 -0400 
    Critics have blamed General Motors' delayed recall of a defective ignition switch on its dysfunctional culture. But there is already a shift underway to prioritize customers and communication.


'He's My Partner, Not My Friend': A Primer On LGBT Etiquette 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:52:00 -0400 
    Steven Petrow is behind the new LGBT/straight etiquette column for The Washington Post called "Civilities." He says many letter writers are just well-meaning people afraid of doing the wrong thing.


Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:48:00 -0400 
    U.S. Postal Service workers picketed in front of Staples stores on Thursday. They were protesting USPS plans to provide mail services inside Staples stores, using nonunion Staples employees.


Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:46:00 -0400 
    Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.


How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invicibles' To Get Health Insurance 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:37:00 -0400 
    Enrolling in health insurance often doesn't make good economic sense for healthy young people, as they can end up paying a lot for very little coverage. Why are young invincibles still willing to pay?


California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:36:00 -0400 
    Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.


NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:22 -0400 
    Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.


With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West' 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:22 -0400 
    The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.


Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:22 -0400 
    A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence.


What Do Net Neutrality Rules Mean For Web Users? 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:22 -0400 
    Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, coined the phrase "net neutrality." He discusses how the Federal Communications Commission's proposed changes could affect the average consumer.


CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:22 -0400 
    As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.


Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:12:00 -0400 
    The Marshall Islands, the site of 66 U.S. nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958, says the Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear states to disarm.


A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S. 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:48:38 -0400 
    International travel is one reason why the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.


American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:14:00 -0400 
    Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. Vice says he is now safe and in good health.
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