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Word Choice Affects Consumer Decision Making

Are you more likely to order pizza from a place that guarantees a delivery time of a half hour, or from a place that offers delivery in 29 minutes? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, most consumers would trust the 29 minute guarantee if it comes from a trustworthy source.

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Would You Get Plastic Surgery?

Is there a part of your body you’d like to have rendered bigger or smaller or smoother by way of plastic surgery? According to a new survey, about a quarter of Americans are open to the idea of a bit of nip and tuck.

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Red Cross Fined $9.6 Million for Blood Safety Violations

In the second multi-million-dollar penalty levied against the American Red Cross in the past two years, the Food and Drug Administration has fined the agency nearly $9.6 million for “sloppy and unsafe blood management practices.”

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Hackers Access Accounts for 24 Million People on Zappos

If you’re one of the millions of shoe fanatics who shop on Zappos.com, you may want to change your site password — the company says it’s fallen victim to hackers who’ve accessed consumers’ personal information.

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Deaths from Pedestrians Wearing Headphones Are Skyrocketing

Anybody who’s walked and worn headphones at the same time knows that listening to tunes reduces your awarness of what is going on around you.

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Can You Guess the Political Party That’s On the Rise?

There aren’t a whole lot of popular politicians these days, Gallup would know. A new report from the research organization found a record percentage of Americans are identifying themselves as independents rather than Democrats or Republicans.

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Americans Among the Missing on Sinking Italian Cruise Ship [PICTURES, VIDEO]

At least two Americans are among the estimated 16 people missing after a cruise ship hit a reef on Friday night and capsized off the west coast of Italy with 4,200 passengers and crew aboard.

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Who Were the Big Winners at the Golden Globes?

The 69th annual Golden Globes were awarded Sunday night, with a kinder, gentler Ricky Gervais at the helm.

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Pennies, Nickels and Dimes, Oh My! Coins on the Rise in the US

Officials at the US Mint have spotted a sign they say is indicative of an improving economy — coin shipments are increasing.

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Is the Rift Between Rich and Poor Growing in America?

Spurred on by the recent “Occupy” protests, class conflict has become an increasing part of the public discourse.

This is reflected in a new poll from the Pew Research Center, which finds the percentage of Americans who see conflict between the rich and poor as a problem has jumped significantly over the last two years.

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