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Obama Makes Janet Yellen His Official Choice To Head The Fed

Janet Yellen is President Obama's choice to replace Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. The announcement came Wednesday afternoon. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen will be the first woman to lead the Fed.
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Shutdown Leaves Would-Be Homeowners In Limbo

The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to take a bite out of the housing market, and would-be homeowners are feeling the impact in stalled mortgage approvals and delayed closings.
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Trade Gets Sluggish As The Shutdown Leaves Agencies Shortstaffed

The government shutdown is starting to hamper trade. More than 40 federal agencies involved in trade shipments — from the EPA to the Commerce Department — have trimmed their staffs, resulting in a slowdown or halt of goods.
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Obama Nominates Janet Yellen To Head Federal Reserve

Obama said in Yellen, American workers and families will have a "champion." If confirmed, Yellen will be the first woman to head the American central bank.
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An Innovation For Pain Relief That's Worthy Of Some Buzz

With a son who had a phobia of needles, Dr. Amy Baxter stumbled upon a solution: a high-frequency vibrating ice pack that helps disrupt pain signals on their way to the brain. She stuck a cute bee on the front, won a $1 million federal health grant, and the product now known as Buzzy was born.
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Sweet. Tart. Crunchy: How To Engineer A Better Apple

Over the past six years, an estimated 130 new apple varieties have hit markets around the globe. And behind every crisp, tasty bite, there's a world of plant breeding — and decades of painful trial and error.
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How The Shutdown Is Hurting The Housing Market

A variety of government agencies — some all but shut down at the moment — play a large role in real estate. So far, their absence from the game is causing more inconvenience than real problems. But soon the effects on housing and the broader economy could become pronounced.
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Meet Dave, A 19-Year-Old Craft Beer With A $2,000 Price Tag

The brewery that makes Dave is donating some of the proceeds to Guide Dogs for the Blind. But buyers who shell out the $2,000 are likely in it for more than the goodwill. There's a lot of hype around Dave.
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Boston School Bus Drivers Back Behind The Wheel After Strike

About 600 drivers went on strike Tuesday, leaving 30,000 students to find their own way to school.
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A Recurring Tragedy: Death In A Bangladesh Garment Factory

The fire at a garment factory outside the capital Wednesday is the latest in a series of such disasters and comes just six months after the worst disaster in the garment industry's history.

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