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Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

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In Idaho Lumber Country, Trump Voters Wait To See If He Can Jumpstart Jobs

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Trump Gushes About Pakistan In Call With Its Prime Minister

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

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