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Factory Fire Kills 11

AP | Posted 03.26.2014 | Business

BEIJING (AP) — A fire in a lingerie factory in southern China on Wednesday killed 11 people, authorities said. Guangdong province's emergency manag...

Workers Hold Managers Hostage Over 2-Minute Bathroom Breaks

AP | Posted 01.22.2013 | Business

BEIJING -- Hundreds of Chinese factory workers angry about strictly timed bathroom breaks and fines for starting work late held their Japanese and Chi...

Report: Ex-Worker Set Fire To Factory 'Because I Couldn't Get My Salary'

AP | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business

BEIJING — Chinese state media quoted a former worker as saying he set the fire that killed 14 young women at a Chinese undergarment factory beca...

Is Halloween Good or Bad for Civil Society?

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 12.30.2012 | Parents
Elizabeth Marquardt

Halloween is the only time of year that dozens and dozens of children knock on my door. The only time that I see or meet many of my neighbors.

We Invented Plastic Vomit and Artificial Dog Poo

David Macaray | Posted 06.09.2012 | Comedy
David Macaray

Our plastic vomit and artificial dog poo -- iconic, time-honored staples of American humor -- are now being produced in China. While most people will shrug this off as no big deal, I see it differently, and it's not just about the economics.

End Of The Cheap 'Made-In-China' Era Sends Companies Scrambling For Options

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SHANGHAI — Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped mak...

Are IKEA, Outlet Malls, Wal-Mart, and Whole Foods Really Bargains?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anis Shivani

American consumers are being taken for a ride.