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The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

Friday, September 30th, 2016

One of New Orleans’ favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city’s history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.

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How Fossil Fuels Helped A Chemist Launch The Plastic Industry

Friday, September 30th, 2016

A century ago, people relied on nature to make basic things: toothbrushes were made of silver, combs were made of ivory, and clothes were made of cotton. In a lot of ways, life as we know it today, is possible because of plastic. We can now afford phones, computers and medical devices in part because of one chemist’s discovery a century ago. But his descendants have some regrets.

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Phone Emergency Alerts Will Begin Including Links, Phone Numbers

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Regulators have voted to expand cellphone alerts to 360 characters from the previous cutoff at 90, and to begin including clickable URLs and phone numbers over the next year or so. But no photos, yet.

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California Imposes Sweeping Sanctions On Wells Fargo Amid Scandal

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

California’s state treasurer has announced he is suspending major parts of the state’s business relationship with Wells Fargo because of a scandal involving unauthorized customer accounts.

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Journalist Says Trump Foundation May Have Engaged In ‘Self-Dealing’

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold says the Trump Foundation doesn’t operate like a typical charity: “[Trump] doesn’t seem to have understood that a charity isn’t set up to benefit you.”

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