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Rethinking The Bottom Line: Benefit Corporations

A new legal designation known as a "benefit corporation" allows companies to balance commitments to their bottom lines with commitments more in line with the nonprofit world. We learn about how it's being put to work in our region and around the country.

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Local Leaders Try Eating On $5 Per Day

Could you eat for just $5 a day? Hundreds of Montgomery County, Md., officials and employees tried it last week to raise awareness about hunger in the affluent county, but some people who struggle to buy food found the week-long challenge offensive.

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U.S. Airlines To Face Pilot Shortage

Beginning next summer, federal rules will require pilots to have six times more flight time to get hired, and will then also require airlines to give pilots more rest between flights. This will increase the number of pilots airlines need, just as thousands of senior pilots reach the mandatory retirement age of 65.
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Election Over, Washington Moves On To 'Fiscal Cliff'

With the election settled, Washington and Wall Street are focused on whether Congress and a re-elected president can avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the automatic budget cuts and tax hikes that would happen if an agreement can't be reached by early in the new year.
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Customers Complain About Early Christmas Carols

The Canadian pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart wanted the holiday spirit in its 1,100 stores. So it swapped out pop tunes for Christmas carols on Nov. 1. The chain got so many complaints, it suspended the holiday music until further notice.
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Lew, Bowles Rumored To Replace Treasury's Geithner

A second term means some new Cabinet appointments for President Obama, including at Treasury. After four pretty grueling years, Secretary Timothy Geithner has made it clear he will be leaving Washington, but who will replace him? Erskine Bowles and Jack Lew are two names that are mentioned.
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How The Fiscal Cliff Would Hit The Economy

From higher payroll taxes to automatic cuts in military spending, the looming budget crisis could drag the economy back into recession and create turmoil in the financial markets, economists say. To better understand what's at stake, have a look at some of the key phrases involved in the crisis.
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Wisp Resort Finds Buyer To Prevent Closure

Maryland's only ski resort, which had faced the threat of bankruptcy, may now be able to remain open.

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