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Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Will Sell Off 330 Stores To Get Merger Approval

(Steve Depolo) A year after the sordid dollar store love triangle began and nearly seven months after Family Dollar chose Dollar Tree to have and to hold for a mere $9.2 billion, the merger process appears to be almost over with federal regulators officially asking the new couple to ditch 330 stores.

NYC Mailman Accused Of Stealing More Than $1M In Tax Refunds In Years-Long Scheme

(Mike Matney) Is there some kind of greedy bug sweeping through the New York City mail system? Okay, probably not, but for the second time in two months a postal employee has been charged by federal prosecutors with taking part in a scheme to pad their own pockets.

San Francisco Creates New Office To Regulate Airbnb, Other Short-Term Rentals

(Chris Camargo) The city of San Francisco and Airbnb have a somewhat contentious relationship, most recently involving tens of millions of dollars in back-taxes the short-term rental company agreed to pay the city earlier this year.

Washington Woman Is First U.S. Measles Death In More Than A Decade

(frankieleon)Last year’s measles outbreak was dubbed the worst in the U.S. in 14 years, with 288 cases of the potentially deadly infection popping up in 18 states, but no one died.

Amazon Will Reportedly Pay Self-Published E-Book Authors $.006 Per Page Read

(Micah Baldwin) Last month, Amazon revealed it planned to begin a new payment system that entailed paying some authors per page read instead of per book purchased.

Indiegogo Campaign To Bail Out Greece Has Raised $1.65 Million… Only $1.77 Trillion To Go

With Greece facing such a dire debt crisis that it recently shut down the country’s banking system in order to keep money from flooding out across its borders, it’s going to take a massive effort to get the country back on solid financial footing.

Google Subsidiary Apologizes For Including Concentration Camps In Mobile Game

(screenshot via Die Zeit)It can be a good thing for game developers to include real-life sights in the unreal world of video games, but there are cases where such inclusions are simply unacceptable.

Lifetime Bets On Cord-Cutters Willing To Pay $3.99/Month For Streaming Library Of Schlocky TV Movies

The recent Lifetime adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the Attic” — or as we call it “How Can Things Possibly Get Worse for Poor Sally Draper?

Book Subscription Service Pulling Some Romance Titles Because People Read Too Many Of Them

(RoniLauren)Although it feels like every subscription service wants to be like Netflix, that business model is proving tough to repeat for some.

NHTSA “Tentatively Concludes” Fiat Chrysler Failed To Adequately Address Dozens Of Recalls

(Ralph Krawczyk Jr) Federal regulators took Fiat Chrysler to task for its leisurely pace in fixing 11 million vehicles recalled for one reason or another in recent years during an unusual public hearing today.

One Of World’s Most Expensive Restaurants Caught Keeping Tips From Waiters

The five-course tasting menu at Per Se starts at $310 per person.Celebrity chef Thomas Keller’s Per Se restaurant in Manhattan is one of the world’s most expensive eateries, with diners paying a minimum prix fixe of $310 each for dinner.

Bubble Wrap: Now With Less Pop

(frankieleon) We’ve all been there: You receive a fragile packaged carefully wrapped in Bubble Wrap that’s just begging for you to start pinching the plastic between your fingers to create that joyous popping sound.

Guy Puts His Cat Through X-Ray Machine At LAX, Everyone Freaks Out

No cats here. Whew. (JessicaKRoach)Something important you should probably add to your check list when traveling with a pet: Make sure your furry friend doesn’t go through the X-ray machine at the airport, not only because it could be dangerous, but because everyone around you will promptly freak out.

FCC, TracFone Reach Settlement: Provider Will Now Unlock Customers Phones’ Like They Said They Would

(Consumerist)Unlocking your phone is legal, and the wireless industry agreed months ago to a set of conditions that went into effect earlier this year that allow consumers to do just that.

Behold: There Are Magical Places In This Country Known As “Pizza Farms”

(Coyoty)Of all the dreams I’ve dreamed in all the nights of sleep I’ve had, never have I believed that a pizza farm could be a real thing.

Could You Soon Be Making Purchases By Scanning Your Face? That’s The Plan At MasterCard

(frankieleon) Who has time to memorize the special code or password when you could just scan your face to approve an online purchase?

BP Agrees To Pay $18.7 Billion (Over 18 Years) For 2010 Gulf Disaster

(pdxmac)More than five years after an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico left eleven people dead and released untold amounts of oil into the water, BP has agreed to make $18.7 billion in payments — spread out over nearly two decades — to settle all federal and state claims related to the disaster.

Sprint Partnering With UK Tech Retailer To Open Up To 500 New Stores In The U.S.

(Misfit Photographer) There could be a few more Sprint stores in the neighborhood soon, as the wireless company announced plans to partner with one of the U.K.’s biggest technology retailers to open new locations stateside.

Hawaii Becomes First State To Ban Plastic Bags At Grocery Stores

(Taber Andrew Bain) While some cities in the U.S. have passed laws that ban plastic bags at grocery stores, Hawaii now stands alone as the first and only state to enforce a law that prohibits supermarkets from handing out the non-biodegradable carriers at the checkout.

Report: TSA Paid Out $3M In The Last 5 Years For Lost, Stolen And Damaged Baggage

(afagen)If you’ve ever wondered had your checked luggage stolen, damaged, lost or otherwise mishandled while flying, you probably know you’re not alone.