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Exxon Mobil Plans Huge Chemical Facility In Texas

The announcement reverses a company statement last year that said it had no plans for new chemical factories in the United States. According to Reuters, decades-low natural gas prices made the move too enticing to pass over.
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Is Michigan Rebounding? Depends Who You Ask

The unemployment in Michigan is dropping as the auto industry rebounds, and the state has a budget surplus for the first time in many years. But many local leaders say they're not seeing a comeback. They believe state leaders are helping themselves — and the business community — at the expense of the well-being of cities.
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A Front-Row Seat At A Bank Run

"They say, 'Thefilos, tomorrow I'm going to need 50,000 euros, cash,' " says a Greek bank teller.
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Gulf Refinery Expansion May Not Cut Gas Prices

A five-year, $10 billion expansion in Port Arthur, Texas, has created the largest refinery in the country. But because the U.S. has become a net exporter of gasoline and the facility will contribute to that trend, analysts say the project won't have a big impact on national fuel prices.
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Central Bank President Warns That Euro Is Unstable

The president of the European Central Bank warned Thursday that the set-up of the European currency is unsustainable. In some of the harshest remarks by a senior European official to date, Mario Draghi criticized the vacuum resulting from the lack of action by European governments.
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Battered Spanish Economy Nears Tipping Point

After watching Greece from afar, many Spaniards feel that they could be next in line for a costly bailout. Spain will have to pay $40 billion in interest this year alone. Unemployment tops 24 percent and is rising.
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For Many Teens, Summer Jobs May Be Thing Of The Past

A recession and its lingering effects have made it even harder for teens to find summer employment. But the drop off in teen summer hiring predates the recession.
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Bloomberg's Sugary Drink Ban May Not Change Soda Drinkers' Habits

Mayor Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sugary drinks may not slake peoples' thirst for them, or address the obesity problem. A behavioral expert says people who want to buy lots of soda may just rebel at being told what to do.
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Wal-Mart Pulls Out Of Group That Advocates 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The giant retailer has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from the conservative political organization, which advocates a type of law that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.
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U.S. Economic Growth Falls Short Of Expectations

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the economy grew 1.9 percent in the first three months of the year, down from an earlier estimate of 2.2 percent. And more Americans are jobless and seeking benefits, according to the Labor Department.

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