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After Banks' Mistakes, Homeowners Pick Up Pieces

One family submitted necessary paperwork for a loan modification to Bank of America but was told it wouldn't qualify — until a letter arrived recently that admitted the bank had made a mistake. Regulators are now trying to address the problem on a large scale.
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New York May Become Newest Bike-Sharing Mecca

New Yorkers spent part of this fall pedaling demo versions of a new bike that may become as common as the city's yellow cabs. The city has chosen an Oregon company to set up a fleet of 10,000 rental bikes.
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Local Food Is No Small Potatoes: Farmers Rake In Almost $5 Billion

More than half of the $5 billion in local food sales came not from farmers' markets but from restaurants and grocery stores, according to a government report. Those points of sale have attracted bigger farmers who might not bother with direct-to-consumer sales.
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Company Towns, After The Company Leaves Town

Huntsville, Alabama is known to many as "Rocket City." Nearly half of the city's jobs are connected to space and defense funding. Now, with NASA and the Pentagon facing significant cuts, Huntsville faces an uncertain future. Newton, Iowa, went through similar straits when Maytag left town in 2007.
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Kindle Fire Shipments Begin A Day Early

If you've been waiting anxiously for the tablet you pre-ordered from Amazon.com, it may already be headed your way.
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Boeing Seals Major Aircraft Order With Emirates

At the Dubai Air show over the weekend, Boeing announced a deal to sell 50 planes to Emirates, the big Persian Gulf carrier based in Dubai. Boeing beat out Europe's Airbus for the $18 billion deal. And the deal also helps General Electric, which makes the engines.
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German Economy Shines As Euro Loses Luster

Sharing a common currency with a group of fiscal losers has its benefits. The German economy gained strength over the past two years in large part because the European debt crisis weakened the euro. That made German exports more attractive to customers around the world.

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