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Fight Over Extending Payroll Tax Cut Flares Up Again

House Republicans are rejecting a bipartisan compromise approved overwhelmingly by the Senate Saturday. The deal would have extended the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits through February.
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Top Gadgets And 'Best Innovations' Of The Year

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" better than 3-D goggles. Or perhaps an inflatable wetsuit for big-wave surfing. Those are two of the top gadgets of the year, according to Popular Science magazine's "100 Best Innovations" issue. To tell us a little more about some of those innovations, Editor-In-Chief Mark Jannot joins host Scott Simon.
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SEC: Mortgage Execs Took Pains To Hide Risky Loans

In fraud charges filed Friday, the agency accused six former top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of lying about the number of subprime loans on their books. The SEC said the executives knew what was happening and even encouraged the deception.
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Zynga Has Disappointing Initial Public Offering

In its first day of trading, the stock lost 5 percent, but the social gaming company still raised $1 billion, making it the biggest tech IPO since Google in 2004.
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Amid A Blizzard Of Discounts, 'The Thrill Of The Hunt'

Consumers are clawing through coupons and prowling the "deal blogs" in search of the ultimate discount. For retailers, though, technology can make the last full shopping weekend before Christmas a bit bloody.
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Report Links Victoria's Secret With Child Labor

Melissa Block speaks with Bloomberg reporter Cam Simpson about his article on Victoria's Secret — and child labor violations under the fair and organic trade banner.
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No Government Shutdown Thanks To Last-Minute Deal

It's not clear how close Congress is to resolving two nagging issues: extensions of both the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. What we do know is that nothing will be resolved until Monday. That's because the House has gone home for the weekend. But the government won't be shutting down Friday, as a result of a last-minute deal.
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SEC Charges Ex-Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac CEOs

The mortgage giants had to be taken over by the government in 2008 and then propped up by taxpayers. In a lawsuit, the SEC accused the officials of misleading investors about the firms' exposure to subprime mortgages.
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SEC Sues Former Freddie, Fannie Executives

The agency brought civil fraud charges Friday against two CEOs and four former top executives at the mortgage giants, accusing them of misleading investors about risky subprime loans.
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Citing Eurozone Crisis, Fitch Threatens Downgrade Of 6 EU Countries

The news comes after Ireland posted disappointing GDP numbers and further pressures the European Union to take definitive action on its sovereign debt crisis.

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