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China Issues Year Of The Dragon Stamp

According to the traditional Chinese calendar, the Year of the Rabbit gives way to the Year of the Dragon later this month. The government started selling stamps to commemorate the New Year. After months of cute bunny stamps, some Chinese say the dragon stamp is too ferocious.
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Sanctions On Iran Effect Ordinary Iranians Psyche

European Union countries are considering a ban on importing Iranian oil. That debate follows new U.S. sanctions against Iran's central bank. Writer Hooman Majd, who has recently returned from Tehran, tells Steve Inskeep that Iranians are concerned about their economy.
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Barnes & Noble Explores Separating Nook Business

Barnes & Noble's stock took a tumble Thursday after the bookseller announced that it is thinking about separating its Nook e-readers from the rest of its business. Separation could be a good thing if it just means the tablet business will be independently managed.
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December's Jobless Rate Expected To Tick Higher

The Labor Department comes out with its latest unemployment report Friday morning. Analysts expect 15,000 jobs were created. But they also forecast that December's jobless rate will edge higher from 8.6 percent to 8.7 percent. A separate survey on private sector hiring showed strong gains in December.
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Predictions Disagree On Euro's Future

IMF Director Christine Lagarde says 2012 will not be the end of the euro currency, despite the debt crisis. But billionaire investor George Soros isn't as optimistic. He was quoted as saying that what's happening in Europe "is more serious and more threatening" than the crash of 2008.
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Forget Stocks Or Bonds, Invest In A Lobbyist

For every dollar spent on lobbying for a 2004 corporate tax bill, companies benefited $220, a new study says. That's a return of 22,000 percent.
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GM Looks To Protect Green Image With Volt Fixes

The voluntary move allows GM to avoid the bad publicity and federal monitoring that come with a formal recall, after the vehicles' batteries have caught fire following crash tests. GM has a huge incentive to protect the image of the Volt, which burnishes its image as a more innovative brand.

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