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The Price Of Almonds May Have Met A Slippery Slope

High almond prices led many California growers to put in new plantings in recent years. Too many, it seems: Oversupply has helped push prices down by about 20 percent.
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Virginia Considers Allowing Internet Loans, But Critics Fear Predatory Activity

Fresh on the heels of a debate about car-title lending, Virginia lawmakers are considering an effort to legalize Internet lending, potentially opening the door for companies from across the world to offer loans at unlimited interest rates to Virginians.

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During European Trip, Iran's President Stops In France

Some European countries were big trading partners with Iran in the past, but while their companies are eager to rebuild that trade, they're also wary of Iran's hardliners and American prosecutors.
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7 Months Without A Budget, Ill. Gov. Rauner To Deliver State Address

The stalemate between the Republican governor and the Democratic legislature has left Illinois without a budget. In that atmosphere, Gov. Bruce Rauner is to present his State of the State address.
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As Sanctions On Iran Are Lifted, Many U.S. Business Restrictions Remain

The U.S. and other countries have agreed to lift sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program, but Washington still has other sanctions in place against Tehran.
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Reform Efforts Stall As Virginia Car-Title Lenders Promise To Clean Up Their Ways

Two car-title lenders in Virginia have promised to stop using a loophole that allows them to charge unlimited interest, and some lawmakers are taking them at their word, halting efforts at regulation.

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China's Stocks Dive To Lowest Close Since 2014

The Shanghai Composite was down more than 6 percent, hitting the lowest level in about 14 months. Slumping oil prices and currency fears added to investors' worries.
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Who Were The Economic Winners And Losers During Snowzilla?

Early estimates say the costs for the nor'easter over the weekend could be as much as $1 billion, but while local governments and some local businesses were hurting, surely somebody was making out well from all this snow?

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LISTEN: Billionaire Charles Koch Says He's Behind On Political Spending

The organization of donors led by Charles and his brother David has vowed to spend $889 million to influence the 2016 election. Yet he suggested to NPR he is merely playing defense, not offense.
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San Diego Mulls Whether To Let City, Not Utility, Buy Alternative Energy

It's the largest city in the U.S. to commit to using only renewable energy. And even though stakeholders are on board, trouble could be brewing over how to implement the plan.

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