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Anonymous Donors Payoff Kmart Layaway Accounts

At Kmart stores across the country, anonymous donors are walking in and paying off the layaway accounts of strangers. This seems to have started in Michigan, but the holiday spirit is spreading. Kmart says the stealth benefactors usually ask for accounts that include toys.
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In Greece, A Technocrat Faces Life In Prison

Andreas Georgiou wants to make Greece's statistical office boring and reliable. His efforts have been met with a strike and a criminal investigation that could lead to life in prison.
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Ways To Cut Your Tax Bill Before 2011 Ends

Tax season is months away, but there are steps you can take before year's end that could save you money when it's time to file. An editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine recommends taking advantage of an energy-efficient-home credit set to expire this year, and giving yourself what she calls a self-made pay raise.
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Changes In The Economy Leave Workers Scrambling

Middle-level jobs are becoming increasingly automated, which pushes many people into lower-skilled (and lower-paying) jobs like fixing flat tires or delivering pizza to get by. Another option is to get training for higher-skilled jobs — and many want to see more training programs offered.
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Tracking An Order In Real-Life Santa's Workshops

A lot happens between clicking "place order" on an online purchase and finding it on your doorstep. With more and more holiday shopping taking place over the Internet, fulfillment centers large and small are busy processing orders this season.
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When The Formerly Rich Need Help Buying Food

Presidential candidates have been sounding off about millionaires on food stamps, but the reality is harsher. Even in high-income zip codes, the formerly well off are having to turn to food stamps to put food on the table. That's according to two new surveys of food insecurity and income.
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OPEC Sets Higher Production Ceiling

Oil futures are recovering after falling to a five-week low Wednesday, amid fears of declining demand and OPEC's decision to set a higher production ceiling for the next six months. The decision effectively ratified Saudi Arabia's move in recent months to pump more oil in an attempt to rein in soaring crude prices.

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