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Ratings Drop For 'All-American Muslim'

Ratings for this week's episode of the reality TV show, All-American Muslim, dropped more than 30 percent from the previous week. The show had plenty of drama off-screen earlier this month when home improvement retailer Lowe's admitted it pulled its ads off the show after pressure from a conservative Christian group.
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Yahoo May Sell Some Of Its Assets

If the company's board approves, Yahoo could receive about $17 billion in a deal that would shed most of its Asian assets. That means Yahoo would dramatically decrease its valuable stake in Ali-baba — China's largest Internet company. The deal would get the company some much-needed cash.
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Bank Of America Settles Suit Against Countrywide

Add another costly settlement to Bank of America's multi-billion dollar tally of woes tied to the 2008 acquisition of mortgage giant Countrywide. The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that the North Carolina-based bank will pay $335 million to settle allegations of discriminatory lending.
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Tied To Trade, Dutch Economy Falls With The Tide

Though its economy is usually strong, the Netherlands' emphasis on exports makes it vulnerable to the euro crisis. Most of Dutch trade is with other European countries, and as they head into a recession, the Netherlands will follow, says one economist.
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L.A. Votes To Limit Vendors On Venice Boardwalk

Street vendors peddling sunglasses, incense and handmade jewelry along the famous Venice Boardwalk are preparing for eviction. The Los Angeles City Council has voted to severely limit the amount of commercial selling that takes place at the tourist attraction. But removing the unregulated merchants could mean the loss of its bohemian draw.
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At Carmakers' Request, Dealers Remodel Showrooms

Across the country, car dealers are remodeling and updating their showrooms at the urging of manufacturers, who want all dealerships to look similar. The dealerships are spending hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars on these "voluntary" projects, but many say they'll never recoup all the investment. The manufacturers offer incentives to dealers who take the plunge.

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