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Olympic Economics, The Pre-Games Show

The Olympics are a great spectacle. So is the sport of figuring out whether the event is a money-maker, a financial flop or something in between.
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Stocks Slide On Fears About Europe, Other Worries

Traders reacted to word that Europe's debt crisis may be deepening, China's economy may slow and some U.S. companies' earnings may be disappointing.
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Rifts Emerge Amid 'Frac Sand' Rush In Wisconsin

Western Wisconsin counties bordering the Mississippi River have a unique geography: steep bluffs with layers and layers of silica sand. The sand is extremely valuable because it's strong enough to prop open underground veins in shale fields so oil and natural gas can be released. It's called "frac sand," and Wisconsin appears to have more of it than any other state. But the hills are private property, so sand mining companies have to negotiate with local farmers — not all of whom are on board.
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Job, Tuition Woes A Drain On Law Schools

The American Bar Association has changed how law schools report their post-graduation employment stats. The bottom line: Job prospects are worse than previously thought for newly minted lawyers. But while the number of recent law school grads with jobs is falling, tuition is not.
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Beer Trade Group Sizes Up Rival Beverages

The Beer Institute, which includes Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors representatives, meets in New York City this week amid flagging beer shipment volumes. MillerCoors CEO Tom Long told Advertising Age that companies need to work together to beat nonbeer competitors. Wine consumption has been increasing the past couple of decades.
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News In Spain, Greece Sends European Stocks Diving

European stocks took a nosedive Monday as investors worried more than ever that Spain may need a full-fledged sovereign bailout. Two regions in Spain said they'll ask the country's central government for bailouts, and local Spanish media say several other regions could follow suit. And, of course, Greece remains in the center of the crisis in Europe.
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Olympic Athletes Go For Gold, And Green

Over the next two weeks, thousands of athletes will compete in the London Olympics. And it's not just gold they're after, but also green. Sponsorships will earn swimmer Ryan Lochte almost $2 million, Forbes estimates. But even lesser-known athletes have the chance to make a buck.

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