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As BK Takes Tim Hortons, Canadians Stay Loyal To Their National Icon

The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.

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In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in the U.S. so far this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

What is the typical American workday? We take a look at how working hours change according to job type.

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Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons

Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.

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Boston Has Riskiest Drivers, According To Insurance Ranking

Drivers in Boston get into an accident every four years on average, according to a study by Allstate insurance. Fort Collins, Colo., had the nation's safest drivers.

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Pew Study: Facebook, Twitter Users Held Back Views On Snowden

The Pew Research Center report shows that Americans were more willing to have a conversation about NSA leaker Edward Snowden face-to-face than in discussion groups on Facebook or Twitter.

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Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.

Emigration Takes A Toll On Irish Island

August 25, 2014
On Achill Island in Ireland, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players - more than a team's worth - to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy. (@JohnMurphy1964/Twitter)

On Achill Island, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy.

Yellen’s Signals On Interest Rates Still Unclear

August 22, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a dinner during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (John Locher/AP)

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke in Wyoming, today and offered no clear sign the Fed would raise interest rates this year.

From Steel To Beer: Revitalizing Pennsylvania

August 22, 2014
Ruckus Brewing Company plans to renovate the former Neuweiler Brewery in Allentown, Pa. into a contract brewing facility, brew pub, and commercial office space. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

People are hoping that one of America’s oldest industries can help revitalize some of the state’s post-industrial downtowns.

How Can Boston Improve Its Food Truck Scene?

August 22, 2014
Roxy's Grilled Cheese was one of the first to the Boston food truck scene. (Bing/Flickr)

James DiSabatino, the “chief cheese griller” at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, shares his food truck wisdom.

MIT’s David Wilson On His Carbon Tax Proposal

August 19, 2014
An advocacy group in Massachusetts is proposing a revenue-neutral carbon tax that could potentially increase taxes on gas, but at the same time would reduce income and sales taxes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

MIT Professor Emeritus David Wilson is credited with coming up with one of the earliest prototypes for a carbon tax.

Home Construction Jumps, Even As Housing Market Cools

August 19, 2014
A home is seen for sale on February 25, 2014, in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cardiff Garcia of the Financial Times discusses the forces driving the housing ups and downs.

Abandoned Homes In Buffalo, N.Y. Selling For $1

August 19, 2014
Pictured is the home Mike Puma bought for $1 in Buffalo, before repairs began. (Mike Puma)

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the “Urban Homestead Program.”

Week In Review: Market Basket, Income Inequality, Politics

August 15, 2014
Boston Red Sox greats Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP)

We’ll talk about Market Basket, the mayoral task force on income inequality, the race for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, and the sales tax holiday.

Panama Canal Turns 100

August 15, 2014
Tourists take pictures of Pedro Miguel Locks during a boat trip through the Panama Canal, on August 12. August 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, considered to be one of the 20th century's marvels of engineering and through which goes five percent of the maritime world trade.(Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

As the canal marks its centennial, we discuss its current expansion and potential competition from Nicaragua and Egypt.

What You Need To Know About This Weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday In Mass.

August 15, 2014
Sharon Squillace, center, and Glen Daly, right, both from Boston, wait in line after shopping tax free at IKEA in Stoughton, Mass. in 2007. (Lisa Poole/AP)

While there are some exceptions, most retail items under $2,500 are exempt from the state’s sales tax this weekend.

New Federal Reserve Study Reveals High Poverty Levels In New England’s Suburbs

August 14, 2014
A new study out from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reveals stark levels of poverty in New England's suburbs. (Joe Dyndale/Flickr)

We examine the problem of suburban poverty.

Gov. Patrick Refiles Non-Compete, Liquor License Bills

August 14, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has re-filed legislation intended to limit the use of so-called “non-compete agreements” in the private sector.

Mass. Jobs Jump In July; Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

August 14, 2014

The Massachusetts economy added 13,800 jobs in July, according to preliminary estimates, while the state unemployment rate ticked up to 5.6 percent.

Stewardship, Or Self-Interest? The Demoulas Family And Its Legacy

August 13, 2014
Paul G. Pustorino: "The Demoulas family has the ability to set an example that transcends their private issues. Their next step may be a defining moment in New England business history." Pictured: Protesters hold signs during a rally at Market Basket in Tewksbury, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The Demoulas family has the ability to set an example that transcends their private issues. Their next step may be a defining moment in New England business history.

Market Basket CEOs Issue Another Ultimatum

August 12, 2014
Protesters hold signs and taunt a car entering the site of a Market Basket Supermarket job fair in Andover, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Market Basket employees and their supporters are calling for the reinstatement of their fired CEO, even as the company is in the midst of a three-day job fair to replace employees who have refused to work during a revolt that is costing the supermarket chain millions. (AP)

A new ultimatum gives some Market Basket employees until Friday to return to work or be fired.

Walsh And De Blasio Lead Mayors Combatting Economic Inequality

August 12, 2014
Boston Mayor Walsh speaks as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio join him to speak to the media outside the West Wing of the White House. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was in New York City Monday for the first meeting of an income inequality task force formed by the U.S. Conference on Mayors.

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