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    Debate: Tax Sugary Soft Drinks

    Debate: Tax Sugary Soft Drinks
    The federal government should help finance the expansion of U.S. health coverage by taxing products, such as sugary soft drinks, that contribute to obesity and other chronic health conditions. Pro or Con? Pro: Add the Tax. Delete the Pounds By Chuck Marr, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities A tax on high-sugar soft drinks would help pay for health-care reform that ...
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    Secretary Files Suit Against Too-Snuggly Bear Executive

    Secretary Files Suit Against Too-Snuggly Bear Executive
    A secretary has filed a $60 million sexual harassment suit that threatens to take the stuffing out of a famed teddy bear maker. Margarete Steiff GmbH, the German company credited with creating the teddy bear, and CEO Martin Frechen are being sued by a single mom who says there was nothing cuddly about the overheated antics of her former boss. Jane ...
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    Madoff: Had 'too much credibility' with SEC

    Madoff: Had 'too much credibility' with SEC
    WASHINGTON - As Bernard Madoff sat in jail a few months after pleading guilty to fraud, he sounded faintly boastful. The only problem with officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission's Washington headquarters, he said, is that he had "too much credibility with them and they dismissed" the idea that he was scheming people out of billions of dollars. A document ...
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    Under Investigation AT&T Blames Apple for Google Voice Rejection

    Under Investigation AT&T Blames Apple for Google Voice Rejection
    AT&T has no qualms about blaming partner Apple for app rejections Under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T has passed the blame for the Google Voice application rejection on to partner Apple. According to AT&T's spokesperson, "AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it." The ...
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    Tax relief for small Madoff investors eyed

    Tax relief for small Madoff investors eyed
    WASHINGTON - Tax relief for thousands of small, indirect investors in Bernard Madoff's swindle and other fraudulent schemes appears close to Senate adoption as part of a broader bill to extend unemployment benefits. An amendment by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., puts the indirect Madoff investors - who channeled their money through "feeder funds" run by middlemen - on the same tax ...
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    Obama's New Push to Help Small Business Get Loans

    Obama's New Push to Help Small Business Get Loans
    As part of its efforts to stimulate economic recovery, the Obama Administration announced on Oct. 21 a new set of initiatives to help spur lending to small businesses. President Obama headed to Landover, Md., to make the announcement on the premises of Metropolitan Archives, a 13-employee record storage and delivery company seeking expansion capital. "I know that times are tough and ...
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    US to Share Internet Oversight with Other World Governments, Private Sector

    US to Share Internet Oversight with Other World Governments, Private Sector
    NEW YORK - As Internet use expands worldwide, the United States said Wednesday it will give other governments and the private sector a greater oversight role in an organization whose decisions affect how computers relay traffic such as e-mail and Twitter posts. The move comes after European regulators and other critics have said the U.S. government could wield too much ...
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    Justice Dept Probes IBM's Business Practices

    Justice Dept Probes IBM's Business Practices
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Justice Department is looking into allegations that IBM Corp. has abused its dominant position in the market for mainframe computers, the data-crunching heavy lifters of the computing world that IBM introduced in the 1960s and which are now used to process some of the most sensitive data in banking, government and health care. The accusations stem ...
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    Federal Appeals Court Issues Injunction Against Sale of Microsoft Word, Office 2007

    Federal Appeals Court Issues Injunction Against Sale of Microsoft Word, Office 2007
    A U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corporation in a patent case launched by i4i Inc, a small Toronto-based company. The Court has issued an injunction against any and all sales of Microsoft's Word 2007 software, including the popular Office 2007. The injunction takes effect in the U.S. on January 11. Therefore, all ...
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    Small Utah Businesses Urge Health Reform

    Small Utah Businesses Urge Health Reform
    Rod Odekirk can't compete as a small business and offer health care. So in 2001, he dropped his employees' coverage. Holding onto it, the owner of General Ceiling said, would have meant "I would be consistently outbid." Odekirk isn't alone. Hammered by mounting health care costs, Utah's small businesses are ready to buy into bold reform -- including a public health ...
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    Congress Considers Two Bills to End Contracting Abuses

    Congress Considers Two Bills to End Contracting Abuses
    The following is a statement by the American Small Business League: Congress is considering two separate bills written to halt the diversion of billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to many of the largest firms in the world. Since 2003, over a dozen federal investigations have been released which found thousands of firms such as British Aerospace (BAE), Rolls-Royce, ...
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    Microsoft-Yahoo: Antitrust Hurdles Loom

    Microsoft-Yahoo: Antitrust Hurdles Loom
    The weak Web search-ad companies want to team up against No. 1 Google, but regulatory tradition and practice have long blocked such deals Don't expect the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal to sail through a regulatory review. Sure, it's tempting to think Justice Dept. officials won't quibble much over a deal aimed at helping two struggling companies get a leg up against a ...