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NYC Taxi Medallions Fetch 'Unbelievable' Returns

A taxi medallion gives the bearer the right to pick up rides for hire — and it turns out it's also a great investment vehicle. Two New York City medallions recently sold for a record $1 million each, around a 1,000 percent increase since 1980. How did they get so valuable?
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Chu Discusses Solyndra Controversy

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will answer congressional questioning over the handling of a large federal loan guarantee made to the solar energy company Solyndra. The California-based company was to be the first of many American green technology innovators to receive support from the U.S. government. Two years later, Solyndra went belly-up. Melissa Block speaks with Chu about the scrutiny he is now facing over his support of the company.
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What, If Anything, Will Speed Economic Recovery?

Despite a constant flow of economic setbacks at home and abroad, the U.S. economy has been growing. But it hasn't been growing swiftly or adding many jobs. Steve Inskeep talks with David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal, and Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist, about how the U.S. will generate economic growth in the future.
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Occupy Protesters In Oakland Ponder Next Move

The Occupy Wall Street movement began in New York and soon protesters were pitching their tents across the country. Since then, protesters have been evicted from their campsites in Oakland, Calif., and in a number of other cities across the country. Protesters in Oakland will no longer be able to spend the night at the site.
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Hopes Dim For NBA Season: Players Reject Offer

This year's NBA season may never get underway. The players have rejected the owners' latest offer. The main sticking point: revenue sharing.
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Canada Switches To Plastic For $100 Bills

Some flexible, polymer notes begin to circulate this week in Canada. The notes are supposed to last longer, and foil counterfeiters. About 30 other countries have shifted to plastic bills.
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'Batman' Video Game Aims To Get More Of Your Cash

The video game Batman: Arkham City is one of the hottest titles of the year. Its publisher, Warner Brothers, has found additional ways to make extra money from its sales. Renee Montagne talks to Kill Screen magazine co-founder Jamin Warren about the industry's creative business models.

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