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Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

For U.S. Queen Of Alligator-Skin Goods, Business Is Booming

Christy Redd's Georgia company moves 25,000 skins a year, with some made into handbags sold for tens of thousands of dollars. But activists say the ways the gators are grown and slaughtered are awful.

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Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.

You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

All around the country, drivers are seeing signs that gas prices are depressed. Those drops helped hold down the latest consumer price index. But economists worry about too much of a good thing.

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To Get Women To Work In Computer Science, Schools Get Them To Class

In 1984, the percentage of women studying computer science flattened, and then plunged. Computer science programs are trying to get that number back up.

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What The New Factory Worker Should Know

In previous generations, manufacturing jobs were dirty, dangerous and low-skill. The new factory jobs are almost all clean, require increasingly higher skills and take very few people to do them.

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No Mere Merry-Go-Round: Ohio Carousel Maker Carves From Scratch

Wooden carousels, with hand-carved and painted horses, seem like a relic of the past. But Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, is one of a few companies still making them to order.

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Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

Wynn Redesigning Planned Boston-Area Casino Hotel

October 23, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the proposed Wynn Harbor Park in Everett (Wynn Resorts Holdings)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission in its decision asked Wynn to make changes to its 27-story glass hotel tower.

Shopping Online? Beware Of Price Discrimination

October 23, 2014
In this Dec. 21, 2013 file photo, a traveler walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Airfare is up 10.7 percent in the past five years _ after adjusting for inflation _ according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes ticket transactions for airlines and more than 9,400 travel agencies, including websites such as Expedia and Orbitz. (AP)

So-called price discrimination means some companies are charging different people different prices for the same product.

How Important Is Speaking Chinese For American Business?

October 23, 2014
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, left, speaks during a dialogue with students as a newly-appointed member to the advisory board for Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. (Tsinghua University via AP)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg tried to appeal to a Chinese audience recently by speaking in Mandarin.

Uninsured Patients In Texas Turn To Walmart

October 23, 2014
Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic in Copperas Cove, Texas, near the Fort Hood military base. (Veronica Zaragovia/KUT)

Near the Fort Hood military base, Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic that has everything a typical doctor’s office has – except a doctor.

Understanding Our Wild World Markets

October 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

Two Perspectives On Question 3: To Repeal Casinos Or Not To Repeal?

October 22, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

A “yes” vote on Question 3 means yes to repeal and no to casinos. A “no” vote would uphold the state’s gaming law.

Hoping For Turnaround, Target Offers Free Shipping

October 22, 2014
Target Corp. said information from some 40 million Target shoppers' credit and debit cards was stolen in the three weeks after Thanksgiving. (Jay Reed/Flickr)

The retailer is hoping to boost holiday shopping amid slowing sales, a troubled expansion in Canada and last year’s massive data breach.

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

October 22, 2014
U.S. Treasury checks are piled at the U.S. Treasury printing facility July 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo illustration by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.

Horse Owners Tap Racing Exec For Suffolk Downs Bid

October 21, 2014
Tale Of Houdini takes a lap around the track during a training run for the final day of racing at Suffolk Downs. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Local horse owners and trainers have enlisted a longtime racing executive to help coordinate their effort to keep thoroughbred races going at Suffolk Downs, the region’s lone remaining track.

Millions Of Cars Recalled For Possible Exploding Airbag

October 21, 2014
Pre-owned Toyota cars are available for sale on January 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Toyota is recalling more than one million vehicles sold in the United States over faulty airbags and windshield wipers. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

If you drive a Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, GM or Nissan, your car may be one of the millions being recalled.

Jill Abramson Announces Plans For News Startup

October 21, 2014
Jill Abramson is pictured at the WBUR event on Oct. 20, 2014. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The former New York Times executive editor said her goal is to create a news outlet that favors quality over quantity.

Casino Firms Spend Heavily To Fight Repeal Ballot Question

October 21, 2014

Casino companies that have won licenses in Massachusetts have donated $4.5 million this month to a group fighting repeal of the state’s gambling law.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

October 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

October 21, 2014

The Framingham-based office supplies retailer is looking into a potential credit card data breach.

HGTV Is A Hit With Affluent Women Viewers

October 20, 2014
Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers pose at HGTVs The Lodge at CMA Music Fest 2014 on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HGTV)

Meredith Blake of the Los Angeles Times explains the channel’s recipe for success, and why it’s so popular among affluent women.

Holiday Retail Sales Projected To Be High

October 20, 2014
People shop in Macy's department store November 26, 2004 in New York City. The Friday after Thanksgiving, called "Black Friday," is one of the busiest shopping days of the year with stores opening early and a large number of shoppers looking for holiday gifts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A new report finds people are as ready and willing to go shopping as they were before the financial crisis.

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