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High Stakes For Banks As Volcker Rule Is Finalized

Federal regulators on Tuesday unveil and vote on a final version of the so-called Volcker Rule. It's part of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul and prohibits banks from trading stocks, bonds and derivatives for their own accounts. Defining what the rule covers has taken years of work.
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Women Still Largely Absent From Corporate Boards

Women hold only about 17 percent of the seats on boards of directors of Fortune 500 companies, and they have an even smaller percentage of senior executive positions, according to a new study.
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China's November Growth Adds To Hope For Global Upturn

China's factory output is up 10 percent from a year ago, and exports are up almost 13 percent. That rebound has been helped by a boost in demand for Chinese goods in the U.S. and the E.U. in the lead-up to the holiday shopping season.
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Sysco To Buy U.S. Foods

Two mammoth U.S. food distributors are set to become one. Sysco agreed on Monday to buy U.S. Foods for about $3.5 billion in stock and cash, setting Sysco up to be the biggest player in the industry.
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Study Shows Rising Rent Straining Family Budgets

Many Americans who live in rental properties can't keep up with the cost of higher and higher rents, according to a new study by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The report finds that half of U.S. renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. David Greene speaks with Chris Herbert, one of the report's authors, about why there isn't more affordable housing.
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Businesses Object To Posting On-Job Injuries Online

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is pushing to post employers' workplace injury records online for easy public examination. But business groups oppose the proposed rules.
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Teens Dig Digital Privacy, If Snapchat Is Any Indication

The track record of products designed for digital privacy has been abysmal — at least until recently. Snapchat, wildly popular among teens, is changing assumptions about young people's desire for digital privacy. But it's not clear whether the trend will stick.
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Government Sells Last Shares In GM, Loses $10 Billion

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the government lost $10.7 billion on the deal but saved an estimated 1.5 million jobs in the industry.
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New American Airlines CEO Says Company Will Be Stronger

Audie Cornish talks with Doug Parker, CEO of the newly formed American Airlines Group. As of Monday, it's the largest airline in the world. It came about through the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Parker worked more than two years for the merger to finally be completed.
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Google VP: 'Pendulum Has Swung Too Far Toward Secrecy'

The heads of eight major technology companies — including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft — have published an open letter to President Obama calling for reforms to government surveillance programs. Audie Cornish speaks with David Drummond, chief legal officer for Google.

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