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Target Shoppers Discuss Store's Black Friday Hours

Anthony Hardwick, a Target employee from Nebraska, made headlines for his petition drive against the company's plan to open stores at midnight after Thanksgiving. Is it wrong to make employees work right after they finish Thanksgiving dinner? Or is Target simply giving customers what they want?
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Kansas City Cashes In On A Big-Time Sports Bet

The Missouri river town spent $300 million on a glass-encased sports arena that no big-league pro sports team calls home. Four years later, Sprint Center ranks as America's fifth-busiest arena, with visitors ranging from Lady Gaga to Elmo, from college hoops to Cirque du Soleil.
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A Push To Make Gasoline Engines More Efficient

Technology exists for gas cars to get 55 miles per gallon — the fuel economy goal set by the Obama administration for the year 2025. But all the extra comforts consumers are used to — including automatic transmissions and power windows — can drive fuel economy down by half.
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Made In China Doesn't Mean Cheap In China

China's reputation as a low-cost manufacturer hasn't translated into low-cost prices. Many goods, particularly luxury items, have higher price tags in China than abroad. One economist blames the transportation system and corruption.
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In N.H. Trip, Obama Pushes Keeping Payroll Tax Cut

New Hampshire voters have seen plenty of the Republican presidential candidates. But on Tuesday, they got a visit from President Obama, who was promoting part of his jobs plan. The payroll tax cut is due to expire at the end of next month.
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County Council Kills Jack Daniels Whiskey Tax

The Moore County Council in Lynchburg, Tenn., voted this week to kill a proposal that could have taxed Jack Daniel's up to $5 million annually. All the revenue would have gone to local coffers.
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Merck To Settle Charges Vioxx Was Illegally Promoted

Pharmaceutical company Merck has agreed to pay nearly $1 billion to settle charges that it illegally marketed its painkiller Vioxx. The drug was taken off the market in 2004 after questions were raised about its safety.

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