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Protesting Austerity Moves, Unions Shut Down Greece

A two-day national strike of both private and public workers has begun in Greece. The strike, in protest of the government's austerity measures, is expected to practically close down the country — with no flights, ferries, buses or rail service.
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Bernanke To Communicate Better With The Public

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was reflecting on the lessons learned during the financial crisis. He suggested the central bank could do a better job of communicating with the public. David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Ari Shapiro about why the Federal Reserve and its chairman are very unpopular these days.
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Greek Parliament To Vote On New Austerity Package

When it votes Friday, the Greek parliament is expected to pass most of the government's new austerity measures. They include wage and job cuts, a property tax and a change to national collective bargaining. Opponents fear this could mean the end of the minimum wage, and leave Greeks competing for jobs with below-subsistence wages.
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Ask Nevada: Do Low Taxes, Less Regs Create Jobs?

Las Vegas played host to Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate. In 2008, Nevada voted heavily in favor of Barack Obama. But the state has suffered greatly during the economic downturn which may play into the upcoming 2012 election. David Damore, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, talks to Ari Shapiro about the importance of Nevada in national politics.
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American Airlines To Report 3rd Quarter Earnings

Most U.S. airlines are turning a profit these days but not American. The carrier is expected to announce on Wednesday that it lost money in the third quarter.
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Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize

A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois.
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In White House Run, Cain Counts On Corporate Skill

Herman Cain is the only Republican presidential contender who's never held political office. Critics say that could be a real disadvantage. Cain and his supporters, however, say his business experience, leadership skills and ability to solve problems make him "the people's candidate."
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Six Miles Offshore: The Wreck Of Montebello

More than 3 million gallons of crude oil from a sunken tanker may be threatening California's Central Coast. The SS Montebello sank in 1941 after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. A group is now trying to determine just how much of an environmental threat the Montebello poses, 900 feet below the waves.

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