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Is Nostalgia Enough To Save Friendly's?

Industry experts say the iconic ice-cream parlor, which has filed for bankruptcy protection, has been hurt by the down economy. But Friendly's may also have crossed the line from classic oldie to obsolete.
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WNBA Has Higher TV Ratings But Uncertain Future

The second game of the WNBA finals is set for Wednesday night in Minneapolis, as the Minnesota Lynx face the Atlanta Dream. The women's basketball league is reporting its best TV ratings in years. But after 15 seasons, the WNBA is still having trouble attracting fans and making money.
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Occupy Wall Street: Where Everybody Has A Say In Everything

The Occupy Wall Street protesters have a nightly meeting in lower Manhattan. I visited earlier this week. Here's what I heard.
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Skipping The Ads On TV? Get Ready For The Shows That Are The Ads

Advertisers are looking for new ways to keep viewers from working around their advertisements. One way to do it is to just make the whole show into an ad, which is happening with products as diverse as Disney theme parks and Kenmore microwaves.
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Mississippi's Jobs Program: A New National Model?

The state subsidized portions of workers' salaries in the hopes that it would lead to permanent jobs. Six months after the program ended, more than half of the participants were still working. "It just takes a bit of the sting out of the cost of hiring," says one employer participating in the program.
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Obama, Banks Trade Fire In Debit-Card Debate

President Obama dived into the controversy over Bank of America's plan to start charging a monthly $5 fee for the use of its debit card, suggesting the bank is mistreating its customers. For its part, the bank says the new fee is designed to recoup the billions of dollars it is losing as a result of a consumer protection law.
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Ford, UAW Reach Agreement On New Contract

Ford and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. As part of the deal, Ford announced it will hire 5,750 additional workers in the U.S. The deal also includes $6,000 signing bonuses. But entry-level workers will be hired at around $7 an hour, far less than the average wage for veteran UAW workers.
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Apple Announces A New Phone And Voice Recognition, But Not The iPhone 5

The new phone, which has voice assistance, longer battery life and a better camera, will be launched on Oct. 14. Many of Apple's fans who had been looking forward to seeing a completely new device — the iPhone 5 — were disappointed by what many saw as an incremental improvement.

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