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Homeowners Insurance Rates To Rise In 2012

Last year's tornadoes, floods, fires and hurricanes are driving up home owner insurance rates this year. Rates are expected to go up as much as 10 percent.
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Greeks Worry Over A Possible Return To The Drachma

Envoys from the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF descend on Athens Monday to see if Greece is worthy of receiving its next bailout installment. If the international community concludes that Greece can't be saved as a member of the Eurozone it will have to revert to its old currency, the drachma, which some say would be "catastrophic."
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Ski Resorts Blow Fake Snow For A 'Brown' Winter

Normally at this time of year, about 50 percent of the U.S. is snow-covered.These days, the figure is now more like 20 percent. It's hurting ski resorts and the local economies that thrive on seasonal winter tourism.
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A Car Designer Who Knows What You Want

Ever fall in love with a car though you can't pinpoint exactly what makes it so special? GM car designer Christine Park knows why. To her, a car isn't just machinery — it's moving art.
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Breaking Down Bain Capital

Private equity firms are under the microscope this week as a pro-Gingrich superPAC hounds GOP candidate Mitt Romney for his role as head of Bain Capital. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Dan Primack, senior editor of Fortune Magazine, about how these firms operate and the legitimacy of these attacks.
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Karaoke Copyrights: Taking Back The Music

Karaoke machine manufacturers and the distributors of karaoke CDs have had an uphill battle fighting copyright infringement cases brought by music publishers. One player in the karaoke business is fighting a joint venture of Sony and the estate of Michael Jackson over a $1.28-billion bill. Host Scott Simon has more.

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