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Company To Close Dozens Of Sears, Kmart Stores

This holiday season, things didn't turn out so well for Sears Holdings — the company that owns Sears and Kmart. It plans to shut down up to 120 of its stores.
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County-Run Health Plans Seek To Expand In Calif.

The so-called public option may have died when Congress passed its health overhaul law in 2009, but it is alive and healthy in California. There, many counties have government-run health plans that people can buy. Now the debate is over what will happen to these plans when the federal overhaul law kicks in in 2014.
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Medellin Inaugurates Giant Outdoor Escalator

Once known as one of the world's most violent cities, Medellin, Colombia, is enjoying the spotlight for a new socially-conscious public transportation system. The giant outdoor escalator was built for residents of one of the city's poorest districts, with the aim of better integrating them into the city and the broader economy.
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Worst CEOs: A Check Up From The Head Up

Some of the most spectacular business failings of 2011 were created or enhanced by the very people who should have provided protection against failure: the CEOs. Linda Wertheimer wraps up the year in CEO blunders with Professor Sydney Finkelstein, of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He's also the author of Why Smart Executives Fail.
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Afghan Government Signs Deal With Oil Company

China's National Petroleum Corporation would be the first foreign company to produce oil in Afghanistan. The Afghan government says the 25-year-deal could create jobs and help develop oil reserves in the northeast part of the country.
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With A Job, Life Improves For 9th Grade Dropout

Nearly three decades ago, Kenny Buchanan decided to drop out of school. Over the last 26 years, he's jumped from job to job and unemployment. He now has a full-time job and for the first time in years, he and his family have health insurance and can enjoy a few luxuries.

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