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The Salt
4:33 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

The hard part of making an egg replacement product is coming up with a substitute for the protein in egg whites.
Wilson Hui Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 8:11 am

Strolling through the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists the other day, I saw several signs offering to solve an urgent problem American bakers face. The signs advertised "egg replacement."

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Business
4:33 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

New York, University Of California Announce $15 Minimum Wage

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:08 am

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Business
4:33 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

With U.S.-Cuba Ties Restored, Embargo Leaves Trade Restrictions In Place

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:24 pm

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Business
4:33 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

After Nuclear Deal, European Businesses Flock To Iran

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:22 pm

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The Salt
12:23 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

How An 11-Year-Old Boy Invented The Popsicle

A vintage ad for Popsicle
The National Archives

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:35 pm

The next time you pop a Popsicle in your mouth, think about this: You're enjoying the fruits of an 11-year-old entrepreneur's labor.

Back in 1905, a San Francisco Bay Area kid by the name of Frank Epperson accidentally invented the summertime treat. He had mixed some sugary soda powder with water and left it out overnight. It was a cold night, and the mixture froze. In the morning, Epperson devoured the icy concoction, licking it off the wooden stirrer. He declared it an Epsicle, a portmanteau of icicle and his name, and started selling the treat around his neighborhood.

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Europe
5:01 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Can Greece Get A Handle On Its Notorious Tax System?

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:47 am

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Sweetness And Light
3:57 am
Wed July 22, 2015

For Love Or Money: Fans And Businesses Flock To Fantasy Sports

Kelly Hirano, vice president of engineering, demonstrates the Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy contest during a product launch in July in San Francisco. Yahoo has designed this experience for the mobile fantasy player and offers Daily Fantasy, Full Season Fantasy, and real-time sports news and scores as an all-in-one experience.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:59 pm

In the famous Disney movie, a carpenter named Geppetto longed to have a son. He carved a puppet of a boy, and, wouldn't you know it, the wooden Pinocchio magically became a real child. Fantasy games are the Pinocchio of sport, for all who play them become Geppettos. Isn't it the dream of every fan to construct his or her own team, as Geppetto wanted to carve out a son?

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The Two-Way
5:38 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

FCC Set To Approve AT&T-DirecTV Merger

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:56 pm

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated an order to his fellow commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission to approve the $48.5 billion merger between AT&T and DirecTV.

In a statement, Wheeler said the move would bring more competition to the broadband marketplace and benefit consumers.

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Business
5:23 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

5 Years Later, Legacy Of Financial Overhaul Still Being Weighed

President Obama signs the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill in Washington on July 21, 2010. Five years later, debate over the effectiveness of the legislation continues.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:57 pm

Five years ago Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the massive overhaul of U.S. financial regulations called Dodd-Frank. But there's still a battle over whether the law has helped stabilize the financial system or whether it has harmed the economy and should be rolled back.

Congress designed Dodd-Frank to fix excesses in financial markets and mortgage lending — excesses that triggered the financial crisis and forced massive bailouts of Wall Street firms.

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Technology
4:34 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Sen. Blumenthal Introduces Bill To Protect Connected Cars From Hackers

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:23 pm

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Here's the sound of a driver losing control of a Jeep Cherokee at 70 miles an hour.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: The air conditioning is blasting.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

UNIDENTIFIED SINGER: (Singing) (Unintelligible).

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Latin America
4:19 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Americans Seek Compensation For Assets Lost In Cuban Revolution

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 5:23 pm

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Business
4:19 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Toshiba CEO, Board Members Resign Amid Accounting Scandal

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:32 am

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Parallels
3:21 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

U.S.-Cuba Ties Are Restored, But Most American Tourists Will Have To Wait

American tourists, like these visitors taking a guided tour in May, still have to provide one of 12 authorized reasons — such as visiting family or engaging in humanitarian work — for travel to Cuba.
Desmond Boylan AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:36 pm

The U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies — but it's not yet open season for American tourists hoping to visit the island. The U.S. embargo on travel and business means you still have to have a valid reason to go — and that doesn't include sitting on the beach and drinking mojitos.

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All Tech Considered
12:49 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

The Ghost In The Car May Be A Hacker

Chris Valasek (left) and Charlie Miller talk about hacking into vehicle computer systems during the Black Hat USA 2014 hacker conference in Las Vegas last August.
Steve Marcus Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:32 pm

Updated 1:39 p.m. ET July 24: NHTSA Investigating Chrysler Recall

Andy Greenberg was minding his own business, driving a Jeep Cherokee on the highway in St. Louis when the SUV's air vents suddenly started blasting cold air. Then the radio switched stations and began blaring hip-hop at full volume. Spinning the radio control knobs did nothing. Soon, the windshield wipers turned on and wiper fluid obscured Greenberg's view.

Then things started getting really interesting.

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Shots - Health News
10:21 am
Tue July 21, 2015

IRS: 7.5 Million Americans Paid Penalty For Lack Of Health Coverage

The IRS released preliminary figures that show about three-quarters of taxpayers indicated they had qualifying health insurance in 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 3:48 pm

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

By contrast, taxpayers filing three-quarters of the 102 million returns received by the IRS so far this year checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year.

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