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  • Stimulus, Earmark Critics Try Back Door For Funds
    An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has found that Republicans who railed against the stimulus bill and Democrats who had crowed that there would be no earmarks later wrote letters to federal agencies seeking a slice of the pie. It's a practice known as lettermarking.
  • How Can You Tell When A CEO Is Lying?
    In the financial markets, a lot rides on the word of a company's top executives. If a CEO tells a lie, a lot of shareholders can get hurt. Two researchers have studied earnings calls and think they know how to gauge senior executives' truthfulness.
  • Mediation Effort Aims To Untangle Foreclosure Mess
    Some of the largest mortgage companies are being sued for allegedly filing fraudulent court documents when foreclosing on homeowners. As a result, banks are delaying thousands of foreclosures. The state of Maine is trying to use an in-person mediation program to resolve the crisis.
  • Media Companies Giddy Over Election Spending
    Analysts say political ad spending this mid-term election year could hit a record $3 billion. That's a hefty sum going into the coffers of media outlets, creating a boost in revenues and a momentary reprieve from the ongoing decline in advertising that's plagued the industry.
  • Phillies Beat Giants 6-1, To Tie NLCS
    The Philadelphia Phillies tied the National League Championship Series with the San Francisco Giants Sunday night -- beating the Giants 6-1. Monday night, the Texas Rangers take on the New York Yankees at Yankee stadium in Game 3 of the ALCS.
  • If The Shoe Hurts, There May Be A Remedy
    Foot pain affects more than a third of American adults — particularly women. And conditions that exacerbate it can worsen with age. But ending foot pain can be as easy as buying different shoes or wearing plastic inserts called orthotics.
  • Experimental Therapy For Sore Heels Has Skeptics
    Shock-wave therapy for plantar fasciitis is beginning to catch on around the U.S., partly since this stubborn type of foot pain is so common -- and so difficult to treat. But studies show conflicting results, partly because there's no standardized method.
  • Viewers Caught Up In Fox, Cablevision Dispute
    Negotiators for Cablevision and Fox parent News Corp. planned to resume talks Monday. They're trying to end a fee dispute that has left the cable company's three million subscribers in New York and Philadelphia without some of their favorite shows.
  • A Cabernet, Ma'am? Will That Be Bottle, Or Tap?
    A handful of wineries are teaming with restaurants to sell wines in kegs -- bartenders serve them from taps, just like beer. It cuts costs and waste, and it keeps the wine tasting fresher, longer. KQED's Cyrus Musiker reports on the upsides (and the challenges) of a tap-wine revolution.
  • Hong Kong McDonald's To Offer McWeddings
    Starting in January, some McDonald's locations in Hong Kong will offer McWeddings. The wedding packages start $1,000 -- more than a Big Mac but less than many competing receptions. The happy McCouple and their guests get a personalized menu, decorations and McDonald's-themed gifts.

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