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A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

In a lot of video games, the default character is a man. If you want to play as a woman, you often have to pay.

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How To Catch A Cattle Thief

Cattle theft has been making a major comeback. A drought in the West has meant higher beef prices, making cattle an attractive target for thieves.

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Bedbugs, Lava And Bowling Balls: Inside My Homeowners Insurance Policy

What the fine print in my policy says about how insurance works.

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How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud

A Civil War-era law that encourages whistleblowers to turn in their employers has been successful at exposing corporate fraud.

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Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

Donors like being part of a recovery story. It's hard to tell that kind of story about Ebola.

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A Tiny, $25 Million Mistake

A small mistake in a contract can cost a company $25 million. But, most of the time, business doesn't work that way.

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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

Zoos and aquariums almost never buy or sell animals. But trade is thriving.

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Why Do We Sign For Things? A Rabbi, A Lawyer And A MasterCard Exec Explain

The signature is supposed to say, "This is me." But why do we still use it?

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Dead Chickens, A Tiny Motor And The Story Of Alibaba

Alibaba is the biggest e-commerce company in the world. It may also save the lives of a few chickens in Northern California.

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