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Elvis Costello Thinks His New Box Set Is Overpriced

Elvis Costello's box set includes three CDs, a vinyl record and a coffee table book. To get all this, however, you are asked to pay $225. Costello seems to be shocked. On a website, he declares, "we are unable to recommend this lovely item as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire."
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Fair Trade Labeling May Confuse Coffee Drinkers

The fair trade movement, which pays premiums to farmers in developing countries for meeting social and environmental standards, is growing quickly and contentiously. The nation's largest fair trade certifying agency has split from its international partner, hoping to expand the program to plantation-grown coffee. Some coffee sellers say the agency is just lowering standards to benefit corporate coffee companies.
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Daimler To End MayBach Brand In 2013

The historic brand is made for customers who can shell out $400,000 for a car, and who appreciate touches like back seats that recline, laser-engraved motifs in the armrest and black lacquer trim. Daimler only sold about 200 of the cars last year, compared to several thousand by competitors Bentley and Rolls Royce.
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Houston Moves Forward After Enron's Collapse

Dec. 2 marks the 10-year anniversary of when energy giant Enron filed for bankruptcy. The next day, thousands of workers in the company's Houston headquarters lost their jobs. How has the city coped with company's demise?
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Workers Likely To Lose Out In AMR Bankruptcy

When American Airlines reorganizes under bankruptcy protection, it's not likely to seek widespread layoffs. The airline already made big cuts during the economic downturn. More likely, the company will seek big givebacks in retiree pensions and benefits.
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Apple, Samsung Wage War In Patent Battle

A judge in Australia has given Samsung permission to sell its Galaxy tablet computers there — just in time for holiday shopping. Apple accuses Samsung of copying key features of the iPad and iPhone, and has been trying to block Samsung from selling versions of those devices.

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