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Lindsey Vonn Is Out, But Some Advertisers May Still Win

Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn's decision to withdraw from the 2014 Winter Olympics could mean big changes for companies that were planning to capitalize on her name — and on her potential wins. But some of Vonn's sponsors may find her announcement actually opens new advertising opportunities.
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Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.
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JPMorgan Chase Settles Madoff Case For $1.7 Billion

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges accusing the bank of ignoring obvious warning signs of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme.
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How To Successfully Link GED Tests And Jobs

For hundreds of thousands of adult students, the General Educational Development test is a good way to finish their education. LaGuardia Community College in New York is going a step further, by tailoring prep courses for jobs in particular fields. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College to learn more.
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Smithfield Prods Its Pork Suppliers To Dump Pig Crates

The world's largest hog and pork buyer wants its contract farmers to move pregnant sows out of constrictive crates and into group houses, generally considered more humane, by 2022. The move is significant because independent farmers supply about 40 percent of the company's sows.
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JPMorgan Chase To Pay More Than $2 Billion To Madoff Victims

The bank will be criminally charged with two violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, but will receive a deferred prosecution under the agreement.
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Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

In a 60-37 vote, the measure passes a key procedural hurdle, moving a three-month extension of benefits to 1.3 million Americans closer to passage.
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Microsoft Reveals 'Epic' Xbox Sales

Microsoft announced sales of its new Xbox One topped 3 million units by the end of 2013. In a blog post, the company called it "the most epic launch of Xbox by all measures." The third generation console was available a week before Thanksgiving.
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Class Trumps Race When It Comes To Internet Access

A new study finds that income and age play a larger role in access to high-speed Internet than race. Among lower-income African-Americans, smartphones are often a way to make up for not having a broadband connection at home. But using a mobile device as a primary means of accessing the Internet has drawbacks.
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Senate OKs Yellen, To Take Up Jobless Benefits Tuesday

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. But it delayed at the last minute taking a procedural vote on extending federal jobless benefits.

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