Features By Shannon Mullen

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Parking meter headaches? There's an app for that

More cities are turning to handheld devices and smartphone apps to make it easier for you to feed the parking meter.
Posted In: parking, Transportation
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No cash when the collection plate arrives? No problem

More churches are adopting devices that allow cashless worshipers to donate digitally.
Posted In: church, philanthropy, giving
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Boeing Dreamliner problems could hinge on Japan

The FAA has grounded U.S.-registered Boeing Dreamliners until the planes pass a safety inspection, following a similar move in Japan Tuesday.
Posted In: Boeing, Japan, Dreamliner 787
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Nation's smallest Walmart to open in Atlanta

World's largest retailer experiments with smaller stores on college campuses
Posted In: Walmart, Georgia, Retail
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Company seeks American cheese 'revolution'

Health-conscious cheesemaker Organic Valley wants in the multi-billion market for American cheese.
Posted In: cheese, Food, organic
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Turkeys cost a little more this Thanksgiving

This summer's drought meant higher corn prices, and turkeys eat a lot of corn. So restaurants -- and you -- will pay more this Thanksgiving.
Posted In: turkey, corn
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Hurricane Sandy could cost billions in damages

Hurricane Sandy is expected to cause widespread power outages in the Northeast, where utility companies and other businesses are still recovering from the last big storm.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, electricity, storm
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Dry year boosts fall foliage

New England tourism could get a boost this fall foliage season because dry weather will mean brilliant reds and purples as leaves change color.
Posted In: tourism, Travel, Northeast
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Shedding light on the 'shadow' real estate market

Many feared that millions of homes in foreclosure but not yet on the market would derail the housing recovery. But what ever happened to the "shadow inventory," as it's known?
Posted In: Housing, foreclosure, shadow inventory
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Romney, Obama focus one-quarter of spending in one state

And, no, it's not Ohio. Would you believe... Massachusetts?
Posted In: campaign spending, Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

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