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Apr 1, 2013

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A study from the Food Marketing Institute finds we are eating less meat for the first time in eight years. And among meats, beef is taking the biggest hit as more people trade their steak for chicken or pork. The supreme court in India has rejected an attempt by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis to patent an update to a cancer drug. And what kinds of April Fools' pranks are acceptable to pull at the office?

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3 April Fools' pranks you shouldn't pull at the office (and 1 you should)

Apr 1, 2013
Feel free to pull pranks at work, but don't take them too far.
Feel free to pull pranks at work, but don't take them too far.
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As beef prices rise, that steak on your plate shrinks

Apr 1, 2013
Beef is not 'what's for dinner' as often as it used to be, as price per pound rises. So butchers and restaurants are selling smaller portions.

E-filing increasing, but tax professionals still find their form

Apr 1, 2013
The IRS says e-filing by individuals has been increasing every year, but that doesn't necessarily mean tax professionals are taking a hit.

Hey, want a free roller coaster? Wait... no?

Apr 1, 2013
Owners of the abandoned Dania Beach Hurricane are trying to give the roller coaster's lumber and steel to charity. So far, there are no takers.

India rejects Novartis cancer drug patent

Apr 1, 2013
The Supreme Court in India has rejected an attempt by the Swiss drug maker Novartis to patent an update to a cancer treatment.

Personal income, spending up for American consumers

Apr 1, 2013
Consumers had a strong February -- spending jumped 0.7 percent and personal income rose 1.1 percent.

India Novartis patent ruling: Good for access, bad for innovation?

Apr 1, 2013
India's Supreme Court has rejected a patent filed by Swiss drug maker Novartis for its cancer drug. The decision has implications for the pharmaceutical industry and millions of people in poor countries.

PODCAST: Roller coaster give away, Novartis drug dismay

Apr 1, 2013
The resilient American consumer takes February. India's Supreme Court rejects a Novartis drug patent. And can you donate a roller coaster to charity?

A study from the Food Marketing Institute finds we are eating less meat for the first time in eight years. And among meats, beef is taking the biggest hit as more people trade their steak for chicken or pork. The supreme court in India has rejected an attempt by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis to patent an update to a cancer drug. And what kinds of April Fools’ pranks are acceptable to pull at the office?

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