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Farm Bill's Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say

A government sugar subsidy program is often criticized for keeping sugar prices too high. But now prices are falling and the government may buy 400,000 tons of sugar to help struggling sugar processors. Critics say the government's involvement in the sugar business should end.
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In Phoenix, A New Quest For Diverse Public Pool Lifeguards

After noticing that mostly white lifeguards worked at public pools used by Latino and African-American kids, the city decided to try to recruit minorities to lifeguard. The city has raised about $15,000 to offset certification costs, and pool staff will work with recruits on swimming skills.
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1,569: S&P 500 Closes At All Time High, Rising Above Oct. 2007 Mark

The S&P joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which broke its 2007 record earlier this month. Both indices have now recovered all the losses they suffered during the Great Recession.
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Chocolatiers Lindt Loses Final Appeal To Trademark Golden Easter Bunnies

For 12 years Lindt had fought this in courts; most small chocolatiers gave in, but Confiserie Riegelein challenged Lindt and won the right to keep making its own chocolate bunnies.
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Maybe We Should Retire The Word 'Retire'

The more talk there is of retirement — on TV, in pop-up ads, in news stories — the more you begin to wonder: What is retirement anymore anyway?
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Slow But Better Than Thought: 4th Quarter GDP Revised Up Again

The economy grew at a 0.4 percent annual rate in the last three months of 2012, the government estimates. That's better than what economists initially reported.
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Cheap Natural Gas Pumping New Life Into U.S. Factories

Many economists say Americans are witnessing a "manufacturing renaissance," thanks to abundant and reliable energy sources.

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