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  • Money Replaces Willpower In Programs Promoting Weight Loss
    A group of nurses is competing for $10,000 in a weight-loss contest. A New York man motivated himself by pledging to donate to a cause he hated. Both approaches use money to reach a target weight. But which is better — the carrot or the stick?
  • Being Obese Can Weigh On Employees' Insurance
    Renee Montagne talks to Morgan Downey, editor of the Downey Obesity Report about employers using carrots — and sticks — to improve the health of their employees.
  • When A Bad Economy Means Working 'Forever'
    Janet Sims-Wood, 67, is like millions of other seniors still working in order to make ends meet. For the part-time librarian, the recession put a huge dent in her savings, so she expects she'll have to work as long as her health allows.
  • Law Change Makes It Harder To Unlock Cellphones
    A copyright ruling from the Library of Congress covers whether people may buy a phone from one carrier and then use it with another. A recent change makes it illegal to unlock a phone, or untie it from the original carrier, without permission. But some people are petitioning the White House to undo that change.
  • Iran's Presidential Election Could Interfere With Nuclear Talks
    As another round of nuclear talks approaches, Iran is again blowing hot and cold on the prospects for progress. After officials signaled a willingness to talk directly with U.S. negotiators, Iran's supreme leader quashed that idea.
  • Controversial Cleric Stirs Protests Upon Return To Pakistan
    Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri returned to his home country late last year, after spending eight years in Canada. The cleric has ignited a disgruntled electorate by taking on Pakistan's government, saying it has failed to curb militancy or fix the economy. His critics call him a demagogue who's more interested in the limelight.
  • Bank Of America CEO Recieves Hefty Raise
    A new regulatory filing by Bank of America shows its CEO received quite a raise last year. Brian Moynihan got nearly a 75 percent increase in 2012 — a pay package valued at more than $12 million. The previous year he was paid $7 million.
  • Boeing's Tech Workers Vote To Authorize Strike
    Boeing has its hands full right now. It is still trying to get to the bottom of a battery fire on one of its new 787s, and now technical workers have authorized a strike. They'll negotiate again before a walkout.
  • In New York, Taxi Apps Raise Objections From Competitors
    Following the lead of cities like San Francisco and Washington, D.C., New York wants to permit passengers to use smartphone apps to find a yellow cab. But the prospect of change has prompted a lawsuit from private car services, whose passengers already use smartphones to hail drivers.
  • Postal Service Ventures Into New Territory
    It is coming out with a line of clothing and accessories called "Rain, Heat and Snow." It cut a deal with a company based in Ohio to create "smart apparel" or "wearable technology."

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