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  • With Thanksgiving fast approaching, grocery stores are doing a brisk business. It's not a good time for a computer glitch that keeps customers in line with time to wonder if they really need 12 cans of cranberry sauce. But snafus do happen.

    This past weekend, at a Harris Teeter grocery store in Charlotte, N.C., the registers went on strike. Each and every one stopped working at once. Cashiers couldn't sell people their groceries, and as the lines grew longer, the store manager made a very popular decision: free groceries for all 60-70 customers waiting in line.

    The Charlotte Observer reported the grocery store closed while repairs were made. Customer David Coburn told the Observer, "Harris Teeter handled it really well. They showed how much they cared about their customers and even the customers were—for the most part—taking it in stride."

    "Terminator 2" was eerily prescient. The machines are taking over. And they want you to have free groceries.

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  • What one British cop expected to find in his children's Halloween stash. (WTVD Raleigh/Durham)A British man is facing criminal charges after accidentally handing out bags of cocaine to a police officer's children on Halloween night.

    The Guardian reports that 23-year-old Donald Junior Green faces sentencing on Monday after confessing to the charge of possessing a Class A drug. He is expected to be released from custody on probation.

    "This was an accidental act. It was grossly foolhardy," Green's public defender, Steven Sullivan, told a court in Oldham. "He has been embarrassed by the publicity but does not seek to feel sorry for himself."

    Green says he was reaching into his pocket to hand out some Haribo candies that his girlfriend had purchased for Halloween. But instead, he gave the children a pack containing eight "snap bags" of cocaine that he had purchased earlier that same day.

    Amazingly, the illegal drug was not noticed at the time by the children's father, off-duty police constable (PC) Simon Fowell.

    But when Fowell checked in on his kids (ages five, six and eight) later

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  • Workers at the financial consulting firm Salo use their treadmill desks. (Salo LLC/NPR)Will health-conscious office workers soon be skipping trips to the gym for an extended shift at the desk? It could be a healthy alternative, as some companies have begun experimenting with treadmill desks.

    NPR's Patti Neighmond made a transition to the treadmill by first converting her sitting desk into a standing desk. After getting acclimated to standing, she installed a "discreet" treadmill, minus handrails, below the standing desk.

    "I'm into my second week now and walking at a pretty slow, casual pace, about 1.4 miles an hour," Neighmond writes. "When I first started, I thought I'd simply hop on the treadmill and be off walking all day while working. But it turns out it's really hard to walk, talk, think and concentrate."

    Last year, The New York Times reported on Salo, a Minnesota-based financial consulting company that tried a similar experiment with some of its employees. And so far, the results have been positive both for employee health and for the company's financial bottom line: During the six months that Salo took part in a Mayo Clinic treadmill desk study, the firm experienced record earnings.

    "Remarkable," Salo director of operations Craig Dexheimer told NPR. "We didn't even go to a gym. We just went to work!" Dexheimer says he has lost 25 pounds since switching to the treadmill desk.

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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX rose $.20 or .6 percent, to $31.49. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.18 or .2 percent, to $72.50. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule
    Ukraine to ratify EU pact, offer rebels self-rule

    Kiev (AFP) - Ukraine is set to ratify a disputed EU agreement and offer limited self-rule to parts of the separatist east as it moves to turn the page on the bloodiest chapter of its post-Soviet history.

  • It was two for the price of one at the 37th and final Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola
    It was two for the price of one at the 37th and final Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola

    Bill Clinton is still the dominant personality, the superior politician and the better-known of the two. Here’s betting that between now and the Democratic national convention in the summer of 2016, if Hillary runs for president, there won’t be a ton of campaign events featuring her and her husband.

  • Warning: War with ISIS will spook financial markets
    Warning: War with ISIS will spook financial markets

    Yahoo Finance spoke with Former OMB Director David Stockman and economist James Galbraith about how war with ISIS will affect the financial markets and the U.S. economy.

  • Swiss say would shield Snowden from 'political' extradition to U.S.

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could be granted safe passage in Switzerland if he helped a potential criminal inquiry into U.S. spying there, the Swiss public prosecutor's office said on Monday. He would probably not be extradited to the United States if Washington asked, but it was also unlikely that he would be granted political asylum, according to a document laying out Switzerland's legal options if Snowden were to visit. ...

  • Why won’t Rand Paul admit he’s changed his mind?
    Why won’t Rand Paul admit he’s changed his mind?

    Rand Paul has trouble admitting that he's changed his mind. This could be a serious problem if he runs for president.

  • Fed meeting kicks off Tuesday; here’s why it shouldn’t raise rates
    Fed meeting kicks off Tuesday; here’s why it shouldn’t raise rates

    The Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting kicks off tomorrow and investors everywhere will be eagerly awaiting any guidance about when The Fed might begin raising interest rates. Though sources close to the matter believe that the FOMC is coming close to finalizing its plan to wind down the last of its stimulus program, it’s unlikely that anything will be announced this week. The Fed is still on track to end its bond-buying program in October.

  • Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State

    By Jason Szep and Mehrdad Balali PARIS/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria. World powers meeting in Paris on Monday gave public backing to military action to fight Islamic State fighters in Iraq. France sent jets on a reconnaissance mission to Iraq, a step toward becoming the first ally to join the U.S.-led air campaign there. ...

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