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Musical Based On Spice Girls To Open In London

"Viva Forever" is the name of a new musical based on songs from the Spice Girls. The five members of the British girl-power band made the announcement Tuesday. The plot isn't much of a surprise — the show is about a group of girls who become swept up in a world of fame and celebrity. It opens in London this December.
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Morale Takes A Hit At Beleaguered Fannie, Freddie

Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been vilified for their role in the housing collapse. Key employees have left as morale has plummeted. But the two organizations are key to the functioning of the U.S. housing market, leaving some observers concerned about the ongoing brain drain.
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A Nation Of Meat Eaters: See How It All Adds Up

Americans eat more meat than almost anyone else in the world, but habits are starting to change. This may be in part because of health and environmental concerns. We explore some of the meat trends and changes in graphs and charts.
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Sinking Under A $10,000 Monthly Mortgage Payment

A growing number of those seeking help from mortgage counselors are high-income owners of million-dollar homes in wealthy communities like Laguna Beach, Calif., and Westchester County, N.Y. But large home loans can be more difficult to modify than more modest ones.
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Orbitz Targets Mac Users For Pricier Hotels

Travel website Orbitz has found that people who use Apple's Mac computers spend more money on hotels per night than their PC counterparts and are now showing Mac users different options. All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks to Dana Mattioli of the Wall Street Journal about how Apple may become its own demographic for retailers.
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What's Driving College Costs Higher?

College is now four times more expensive than it was 3 decades ago, pushing student loan debt over $1 trillion. A key reason for this growth is the competition among schools for status and prestige, says Kevin Carey, education policy director at the New America Foundation.
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If News Corp. Splits Its Businesses, Many Investors Would Be Pleased

Rupert Murdoch's media and entertainment giant confirms it is considering whether to divide its holdings. That would put its slow-growing publishing arms into one unit.
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Home Prices Tick Up, Housing Market Recovery May Be Strengthening

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed gains in nearly all major cities during April. While prices are still down from their boom-time highs, a recovery may be building.
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Orbitz Shows Mac Users Pricier Hotel Options: Big Deal Or No Brainer?

The travel site noticed that Mac users seem more likely to spend more on hotel rooms. So, it's experimenting with showing them costlier options than Windows users see. Is that smart business or unfair in some way?

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