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Monday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Did you catch the series finale of Lost? I did, and I was completely lost. That's what I get for giving up after the first two episodes.

The full spectrum: The Indian government is auctioning off broadband licenses and received $500 million in bids on the first day.

Dark roast: A Maine man got so mad at his girlfriend for working at a topless coffee shop that he allegedly burned down the whole business.

It ain't over: 79% of Americans in a recent ConAgra Foods survey think the Great Recession isn't over yet. Curiously, 79% plan to keep clipping coupons and cooking at home.

A tenth Foxconn employee jumps off the company's Chinese dormitory and dies. Critics cite poor living and working conditions at Foxconn's Chinese facility, which manufactures products for Apple and Sony.

The juicy details: Unionized employees of fruit juice company Mott's went on strike this morning against parent company Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group. The union is protesting a pay cut, lower company 401K contributions and the nixing of the employee pension plan.

Twitter jitters: British Airways employees walked off the job amid a contract negotiation dispute. BA's CEO thinks it could have been avoided if the union rep would have just stopped tweeting about it.

Oily residue: Are oil spill clean up workers already getting sick from the exposure?

Cultural fits: The California Supreme Court says it will hear a case claiming age bias against older workers at Google.

Google me: Meanwhile, MBA graduates either want to work for Google or a big bank.

Speedy recovery: Chrysler is hiring 1,100 workers at its Detroit Jeep plant.

House of cards: 43% of U.K. households think their financial situation will get worse over the next year.

Life is good: Business is booming in the Philippines, though.

Firm deal: A joint OECD/African Development Bank study says African countries should renegotiate contracts with multinational firms so they get a better deal on their natural resources.

Correction course: The correctional officers union in Wyoming is suing the state of Wyoming for retaliation.

Left unchecked: Kids on Medicaid aren't getting their checkups.

Facing the truth: A Census worker stops at the home of a New Jersey mother who promptly realizes she saw his picture on the state's sex offender database. She contacts the police and he faces charges of lying on a federal application.

No app for that: The best-performing companies use less software, a new study finds. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley reaches for its smelling salts.

Feeling Rand-y: Gee, I guess I won't be seeing any stenciled "Google Rand Paul" signs in my neighborhood anytime soon after last week's slip ups.

Asking for a handout: The presidents of major public universities in Kansas want to hand out honorary degrees and are trying to change a rule that prohibits it.

Ku Ku behavior: The University of Texas is going back and forth over renaming a dormitory named after a Ku Klux Klan leader. A university spokesman says they don't want to do it in a way that's "rewriting history." You mean like this?

Not feeling blue: IBM is hiring.

The fallout continues: 43% of U.K. employees lost money in their paychecks because of the Icelandic volcano eruption.

Brain drain: If overhearing people's cell phone conversations gets on your nerves, you can blame it on your brain.

Sell out: British tabloid News of the World busts Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson for apparently selling access to former husband Prince Andrew at a high price tag. The rest of the world thinks "Prince Andrew's access is worth buying?"


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