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Entries by Hunter Stuart

This Is The Way 'Williamsburg' Ends

(30) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 7:35 AM

NEW YORK -- Williamsburg long ago lost its reputation as a low-rent hipster haven free from big chain stores. But until just last week, the North Brooklyn neighborhood didn't have a Starbucks.

Without a big national coffee chain dominating the neighborhood, Williamsburg became home to dozens of little coffee spots,...

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Russian Sanctions Spark AK-47 Buying Frenzy In U.S.

(673) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 1:25 PM

In an effort to keep arms away from Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine, the United States may have kicked off something of an arms race back home.

The Obama administration last week announced a new round of sanctions against Russia that it says are intended to discourage Russia from...

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Meet Two Clean-Cut Entrepreneurs Making Weed Go Mainstream

(15) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 7:38 AM

This week, Christian Groh will visit a 60,000-square-foot marijuana farm in Canada, one of the biggest such facilities in the world. He's thinking about taking his kids, ages 3 and 5, along for the trip.

“They’re going to notice the smell, and they’re going to ask me what it is....

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Por que você nunca vê Ronald McDonald comendo McDonald's

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Quando Ronald McDonald foi apresentado à América nos anos 1960, ele usava um cinto mágico que dispensava um suprimento infinito de hambúrgueres.

Mas hoje, de acordo com ativistas de alimentação e o CEO do McDonald's, Don Thompson, o palhaço mais famoso dos Estados Unidos...

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The Gun Lobby And A Dumb Law Are Keeping Us From Safer Guns

(1305) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 7:37 AM

Imagine a gun that a person could leave on his or her kitchen counter, without having to worry that someone else would fire it. That gun exists. A so-called "smart gun" uses biometrics or radio signals to stay locked until it's held by its rightful owner.

Smart guns could save...

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Debt Collection 'Factory' Preyed On Broke Americans: Lawsuit

(109) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:52 AM

A federal watchdog is suing a collection agency that allegedly operated like a "factory" churning out lawsuits against cash-strapped borrowers, often using misleading, deceptive and illegal practices.

The suit is the latest effort by regulators to crack down on debt collection abuse. The billion-dollar industry has...

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18 People Explain Why They Donated To That Weird Potato Salad Kickstarter

(23) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 7:31 AM

On Labor Day Weekend, 29-year-old Gina Haraszti and her co-workers at a Montreal research lab plan on taking a road trip down to Columbus, Ohio, to eat potato salad with a random guy they heard about on the Internet.

"One of my colleagues said this was the Woodstock of...

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The Kickstarter Potato Salad Guy Just Lost Nearly $30,000

(39) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Is the potato salad party already over?

Not quite yet, but the campaign appears to have lost nearly $30,000 overnight. On Wednesday evening, the guy who started the project, Zack Brown, had more than $70,000 with which to make his salad. On Thursday morning, that...

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One-Quarter Of Washington's Towns Still Ban Marijuana

(24) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 12:26 PM

The small group of Christian protesters first showed up outside Tim Thompson's new marijuana shop in rural Washington about three weeks ago, holding signs that declared "Just Say No To Pot" and "God Judges Sinners."

Their leader, Dale Brown, is a proselytizing author and musician living in Prosser, Washington....

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14 More Companies That Likely Will Deny Employees Birth Control

(792) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:47 PM

Hobby Lobby was just one of dozens of for-profit companies that challenged Obamacare's so-called contraception mandate, which requires companies with 50 or more employees to cover FDA-approved forms of birth control as part of their health care plans.

Many of those companies -- there are 48 of them with cases...

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U.S. Companies Less LGBT-Friendly Than They'd Like You To Believe

(52) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 7:33 AM

On the surface, the country's biggest companies are extremely gay-friendly.

More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies offer protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation, up from 65 percent in 2004, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Two-thirds of those companies offer health benefits for same-sex...

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GM's Cars Killed People, So Why Won't We Stop Buying Them?

(152) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 5:05 PM

General Motors has been suffering a spectacular recall debacle for months, warning customers about cars that spontaneously shut down and airbags that don't deploy. But people just can't seem to stop buying GM vehicles.

"I would buy another GM car. I love my car," said...

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Great Recession Linked To 10,000 Suicides

(25) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:07 PM

It’s not just bank accounts that suffer during a recession: Economic crises can also take a human toll.

A new study has found that suicide rates increased in North America and Europe during the recent economic recession, resulting in at least 10,000 additional deaths between 2008 and 2010.

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Family Dollar's Biggest Problem In 3 Photos And A Vine

(144) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:44 AM

In a time when many discount stores are thriving, one big dollar store is having a rough time of it.

That would be the North Carolina-based discount chain Family Dollar, which has lately seen falling profits and announced plans to cut prices and close hundreds...

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Colorado Unsure How To Explain You Shouldn't Eat The Entire Weed Chocolate Bar

(72) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:27 PM

If you’re planning on eating one of Colorado’s legal weed treats, make sure to read the label carefully first -- it might contain up to ten times the recommended dose of pot.

This troubling fact was highlighted earlier this week when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published...

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No, Cutting Carbon Emissions Won't Ruin The Economy

(31) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 5:59 PM

We may not have to sacrifice jobs to save the environment.

Even before the Obama administration announced plans on Monday to cut power plant carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030, conservatives were already saying the mandate would be a job-killer. The proposed rules, which will be...

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Debt Collectors Have Figured Out A Way To Seize Your Wages And Savings

(904) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:42 AM

People with overdue bills have long complained of harassment from debt collectors, from late-night phone calls to frightening in-person visits. Now it appears the industry has found far more troubling strategy: Filing lawsuits against debtors -- often, consumer advocates say, on the theory that they won't ever show up to...

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Why You Never See Ronald McDonald Eating McDonald's Food

(434) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 7:34 AM

When Ronald McDonald was first introduced to America in the 1960s, he wore a magic belt that dispensed an endless supply of hamburgers.

But today, according to both food advocates and McDonald's CEO Don Thompson, America's most recognizable clown won't go near a...

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Outrageously Expensive Medical Bills Are Unfairly Hurting Your Credit

(602) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 11:56 AM

People who owe medical debts are over-penalized when it comes to their credit scores, according to a new study from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The CFPB looked at the credit and loan payment histories of 5 million anonymous consumers over a two-year period from 2011 to...

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You Must Make At Least $137,129 A Year To Afford A Home In San Francisco

(324) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:26 PM

You'd better get a promotion (or six) if you ever want to afford even a moderately-priced home in San Francisco.

You need make at least $137,129 a year (before taxes) to afford a home in the Fog City, which according to a new report is

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