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money lead

September 23rd, 2013
07:06 PM ET

Crackdown on fake online reviews

When it comes to online reviews, if it sounds too good to be true, it might have been paid for. On Monday, the New York State Attorney General cracked down on businesses that buy fake reviews for websites like Yelp and Citysearch.

A yearlong investigation uncovered nearly two dozen companies trying to fake it to make it. In all, the state attorney general busted 19 companies for scamming customers with phony reviews. They will have to pay a total of $350,000 in fines.

Companies care so much about reviews, because they really do affect business, said Howard Bragman, vice chairman and founder of Reputation.com, and, it should be noted, whose company shares investors with Yelp.

"The numbers are astounding," said Bragman. "Eighty percent of consumers make their decisions based on these customer reviews, and that's a number that's gone up almost 10% a year the last couple years, and growing. This is how we make our decisions now."

world lead

September 23rd, 2013
06:43 PM ET

Who are Al-Shabaab?

Al-Shabaab is a Somali terrorist organization sharing al Qaeda's perverse belief that targeting innocents is the way to fight in the name of Allah.

The group is thought to consist of thousands of fighters, and formally allied itself with al Qaeda in recent years.

Al-Shabaab has proven particularly adept at recruiting American-born jihadis, and the terrorist group claims three of them participated in the attack on an upscale mall in Kenya on Saturday. U.S. officials say they are now combing through evidence to see if that claim is true.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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pop lead

September 23rd, 2013
06:39 PM ET

Why more movie stars are taking their talent to television

If a big name is all it takes, then television networks have never been so well prepared.

This fall, CBS will add actor Robin Williams to the bountiful list of stars pilfered from the big screen for a return to television. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are also on that list, they leap onto the small screen this January in HBO's "True Detective."

McConaughey is also preparing to release three full length films, just in case the hugely profitable world of dramatic TV series doesn't work out.

"Good actors want to go where they can tell great stories, and right now, the greatest stories are on TV," said senior editor at Time Magazine Dan Macsai. "These are the kinds of meaty complex characters that you just don't find in a 90-minute blockbuster or sequel."

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national lead

September 23rd, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Overdosing on pain reliever acetaminophen

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol, is one of the most popular pain relievers in the United States, but a new report by ProPublica finds acetaminophen may have caused the deaths of more than 1,500 people over 10 years.

The parents of a 12-year-old boy, Davy, told ProPublica that they took him to the hospital after treating him for a sore throat for a week with maximum strength Tylenol sore throat medicine. The hospital found that Davy had liver damage from the acetaminophen, and was declared brain dead a few days later.

"The key issue with acetaminophen is really what they call the narrow margin of error. It's the narrowest margin of error between the dose that can (help) you and the dose that can harm," said T. Christian Miller.

politics lead

September 23rd, 2013
06:08 PM ET

Hillary Clinton, infighting, and the return of 'Clincest'

Two magazine pieces went live on the the same day, one a largely flattering piece in New York Magazine, which basically argues Hillary Clinton learned from her mistakes and is ready for 2016. The other, a piece in The New Republic on a Bill Clinton aide which highlights all the baggage and drama of the inner Clinton world.

This was probably not the roll out that the Clintons, and the Hillary Clinton team wanted. The interview with New York Magazine was likely planned and in the works, and then this other story from The New Republic stepped on the message.

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