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Is that Lead in Your Lipstick? FDA Tests Reveal Raised Lead Levels in U.S. Lipsticks -- In 2007, largely in response to a report released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the FDA began testing various lipsticks sold in the United States. After testing some 400 brands, FDA scientists concluded that none of them contained unsafe levels of lead. Many of them did contain lead, but all were below the 5 parts-per-million recommended as safe by the state of California (known to have the most conservative law on the use of lead in consumer products), and far below the 10ppm considered to be the maximum safe limit by Health Canada, which has drafted guidelines on impurities in cosmetics, such as lead. At the time, those weighing in with the most lead contained about 3 parts per million. The FDA said there was no cause for consumer concern, especially given how little lipstick is actually ingested.

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Airbus to inspect all A380 superjumbos for wing cracks -- Aircraft maker Airbus has been ordered to check all A380 superjumbo planes currently in service after cracks were found in wing components. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has ordered all 68 Airbus A380 superjumbo planes currently in operation to be checked. It extends an earlier check of 20 A380 jets, whose wings are made in North Wales, ordered by the EASA last month.

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Investors Rush To Buy Brazilian Airports At Auction -- A host of Brazilian and foreign investors drove up offering prices for Brazil's biggest airports on Tuesday by more than 300%, raising $14.1 billion in an auction that gave winning bidders the rights to run airports for 20 years. The overall objective of the airport concession is to expand and enhance Brazil's airport infrastructure, efficiency and quality of service. From 2003 to 2010, global airport passenger traffic increased 40%. Brazil's has been even more impressive, increasing its local air traffic by 118% during the same period.

Um, duh.
With Coffee, the Price of Individualism Can Be High -- SOMETIMES it's hard to tell how much coffee costs, even if you know what you spent. At least that's the case with many of the single-serve brewing machines that are soaring in popularity. For example, the Nespresso Arpeggio costs $5.70 for 10 espresso capsules, while the Folgers Black Silk blend for a K-Cup brewed-coffee machine is $10.69 for 12 pods. But that Nespresso capsule contains 5 grams of coffee, so it costs about $51 a pound. And the Folgers, with 8 grams per capsule, works out to more than $50 a pound. That's even more expensive than all but the priciest coffees sold by artisanal roasters, the stuff of coffee snobs.

- Sheena Moore

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