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AmEx Settles With Feds Over Add-On Products

American Express has agreed to pay a $16 million fine and issue nearly $60 million in customer refunds. The settlement with the federal government involves allegations that AmEx misrepresented the value of add-on services, such as identity theft protection.
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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

As the city tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating Detroit's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to retirees' pensions.
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What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope)

Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation imagine everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. A key part of planning, says one expert, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must also be done in a way "that this planet can support."
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The Great Handbell War

For decades, the world's two biggest handbell companies — headquartered down the street from each other in Pennsylvania — were at each other's throats.
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Drugmaker Names Pill After CEO Who Sought Daughter's Cure

The Food and Drug Administration just approved United Therapeutics' Orenitram, a pill for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension. Martine Rothblatt founded the company to develop treatments for life-threatening illness that afflicted her daughter.
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Top German Chocolate Maker Fights For Its 'Natural' Reputation

A well-respected consumer advocacy organization in Germany claims that Ritter Sport's popular chocolate product contains synthetic aroma. It has ignited a fierce court battle. But Ritter Sport says the aroma is natural, extracted from plants like dill or vanilla.
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USDA Grants Santa Special Livestock Permit

All of Santa's reindeer have gotten the green light from the Agriculture Department to enter U.S. territory. The USDA granted Mr. S. Claus a special livestock permit. And in the spirit of Christmas, the department waived the normal application fees and disease testing requirement for his reindeer.
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Thousands Fall From Middle Class After RV Industry Collapse

Officials in Oregon have kept records on what happened to thousands of people who lost their jobs when RV manufacturing in that state imploded during the recession. A major swath of people have dropped from middle-wage earners to low-wage earners, which is a trend we're seeing across the U.S. Another group of people did even worse.
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Administration Extends Health Insurance Deadline Again

A midnight deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act that starts Jan. 1 has been extended by a day. The White House describes the extension as an effort to accommodate people in different time zones.
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Target's Troubles Mount After Payment Data Breach

Target is having a rocky holiday season. The retailer faces consumer lawsuits and probes by state prosecutors following the theft of 40 million credit and debit card accounts from customers who shopped at Target in recent weeks.

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