08 31 2016
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Shortly after issuing the 24th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report, the authors got a call from the lawyers representing Fast Forward New York, a manufacturer.
The Elmo Lunch Bag, which contains an excess of the plastic-softening chemical diisodecyl phthalate, is not a toy, said the lawyers. Therefore, it is not subject to the phthalate regulations of children's toys...


ATLANTA (AP) -- Curtis Richardson hops around the front parlor of the 140-year-old Wren's Nest house, animatedly recounting the enchanting tales of Brer Rabbit and Brer Wolf. Down the hall in an office sits Joel Chandler Harris' great-great-great grandson, Lain Shakespeare, a spunky 26-year-old who took over the failing museum three years ago and revived it from near closure using social networking Web sites Twitter and Facebook and a blog.


LONDON (AP) -- European and U.S. stocks dipped Tuesday as weak American housing data dampened optimism from strong corporate earnings reports.
"The inventory of existing homes for sale remains high and the recession's impact on jobs and confidence along with tight lending conditions have all contributed to the weak fundamentals for housing," said Michael Carey, economist with Calyon in New York...


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