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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

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  • Supreme Court Considers Punitive Damage Limits
    Philip Morris is asking the Supreme Court to invalidate a $79.5 million punitive-damage award in a case stemming from the death of one Oregon smoker. It's the ultimate test of whether the Constitution imposes significant limits on punitive damages in each and every case of misconduct.
  • Music Downloads Drive a Back-Catalog Business Opportunity
    Mitch Koulouris once worked as a manager for the now-defunct Tower Records retail chain. Five years ago he realized digital music distribution was the wave of the future. Now his company, Digital Music Group, Inc., is buying up old song catalogs and selling them online.
  • It's Time to Put Ghost Writing in its Place
    Ghost-writing books for politicians, princesses and other celebrities is not what it's cracked up to be. Halloween is the perfect time for a professional writer to give up the ghost.
  • Sleepy Hollow Celebrates the Headless Horseman
    On this Halloween, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is being celebrated in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. The village will unveil an 18-foot-tall sculpture of the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane.
  • Recorded Phone Conversation Sparks Legal Odyssey
    Ten years ago, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) released to the media a taped conversation between Republican House leaders. A federal appeals court is now hearing arguments over whether he broke the law. The couple who recorded the conversation by chance pleaded guilty to violating the law and paid a $500 fine.
  • Exploring Tennessee's Caves for New Species
    Running underneath the rolling hills of Tennessee lies a still-mysterious and remote network of caverns. Many of those caves shelter fragile ecosystems, and biologist Jerry Lewis is helping to discover and protect some of those ecosystems from man's destruction.
  • BP Refinery Accident Pinned on Equipment, Staffing
    Faulty equipment and staff reductions contributed to an accident at BP's Texas City refinery last year, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board finds in a preliminary report. Fifteen people were killed, and another 100 injured, making it the nation's worst industrial accident in over a decade.
  • Imports, Technology Hurt Low-Skilled Workers' Pay
    Not all Americans have benefited equally from the strength of the U.S. economy over the past decade. But low-skilled workers have been hurt the most as they face competition from imports and automation.
  • Tips for Ditching Telemarketers
    The Web site offers a collection of audio clips to help people get off the phone with telemarketers.
  • Voting Problems Crop Up Ahead of Elections
    Signs of possible voting trouble are popping up ahead of midterm elections. The reports range from hackers getting into an official registration database to ballots being printed incorrectly.

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