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2:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Business

Weiner War: Kraft, Sara Lee Battle Over Hot Dogs

There's a hot dog war going on between Kraft Foods which makes Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Sara Lee the maker of Ball Park franks. A judge in Chicago is hearing a case in which each side says the other broke false-advertising laws by saying that their respective hot dogs won a national taste test.

2:00am

Tue August 16, 2011
Europe

Sarkozy, Merkel To Address Europe's Debt Crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are discussing what additional measures can be taken to contain the crisis. France is struggling to maintain its triple-A bond rating — while the Germans try to limit expectations that they will always come to the rescue of countries in trouble.

10:11pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Around the Nation

BART Defends Cutting Off Cellphone Service

Authorities in San Francisco had to shut down several city subway stations Monday after demonstrators tried to stop a train from leaving a downtown station.

The protesters were upset that the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency last week shut down cellphone access in the subway to prevent a protest.

BART police have been the target of protests over alleged brutality. Most recently, two BART officers shot Charles Hill, a transient man they said threatened them with a knife.

That shooting is one of the reasons that Jevon Cochran has come to this and other protests.

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10:01pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Small Businesses, Big Problems

Credit Troubles Teach Entrepreneur Better Business

Daphne Wilson (center) and her engineering team review plans for project at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis.
Erin Toner WUWM

As the country continues to dig out of the recession, many small businesses are still having trouble getting back on their feet. That's in part because most banks severely tightened lending to small firms.

In Milwaukee, Wis., one entrepreneur was turned down for credit by four banks and says the experience has actually helped her become a better business person.

The heat and humidity are relentless in Jones Island, a peninsula just south of downtown Milwaukee.

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10:01pm

Mon August 15, 2011
Asia

Chew On This: Indians Trading Betel For Tobacco

In India, the centuries-old tradition of chewing betel leaves, or paan, spread with spices and sweeteners is losing popularity. In this file photo from 2006, an Indian shopkeeper arranges silver foils of paan at his roadside shop in New Delhi.
Manan Vatsyayana AFP/Getty Images

For centuries, Indians have chewed betel leaves, or paan, regardless of caste or economic lines. It's been the daily chew of everyone from the poorest farmer and rickshaw puller to the richest maharaja and gold merchant.

A plump little bundle of flavor, paan consists of various spices and sweeteners, spread on a betel leaf and folded into a neat packet.

But the leaf and the traditional ritual of preparing it are rapidly giving way to an even more dangerous habit: chewing tobacco.

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