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Bankrupt American Airlines Spars With Unions

American Airlines is asking a judge to revamp its labor contracts. The company says it needs to drastically reduce costs to exit bankruptcy and remain competitive. The airline's unions, on the other hand, are hoping to push a merger with US Airways that may save their labor pacts.
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Mexican Bribery Allegations Put Wal-Mart On Defense

Wal-Mart stocks dropped sharply today following a New York Times report about a widespread, systematic bribery campaign in Mexico. The company's subsidiary there is reported to have paid more than $24 million in bribes, allowing the retailer to expand across the country at a record pace. Melissa Block speaks with Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect.
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How Long Will Social Security Last?

Trustees of the social security trust fund give an update on how long the funding will last.
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Murdochs, News Corp Face Big Week Of Investigations

This is a big week for Rupert and James Murdoch. The father and son face more questions from a wide-ranging judicial investigation into press abuses at British units of News Corporation: tabloid phone hacking, computer hacking and a police bribery scandal. Monday marked yet another embarrassing day for News Corp and the Murdochs as Sky News acknowledged it had hacked into the email of the target of two stories, despite explicitly telling the inquiry in September it had not been involved in any hacking.
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Romney Backs Extension Of Student Loan Relief

Mitt Romney on Monday endorsed the idea of extending a law that curbs interest rates paid by some recipients of federal student loans, a cause that President Obama has made a campaign issue.
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What America Owes In Student Loans

Total student debt has gone through the roof. But the average debt per college grad has gone up much more slowly.
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Don't Call It A Malbec: Europe Sours On British Winery's Plan

A British winemaker has finally been given official approval to release a limited-edition wine made in collaboration with Malbec grape growers in Argentina. But it's on the condition that it doesn't sell the wine, label it a Malbec, or call it wine at all.
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German Chemical Plant Fire Threatens Auto Backlog

A deadly fire and explosion at a German chemical plant has created big headaches for the global auto industry. The recent blast has resulted in a shortage of a chemical compound used in plastic fuel and brake lines. The chemical is hard to replace, and now automakers are scrambling to avoid major production disruptions.

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