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High-Speed Rail Buzz Overpowers Daily Chug Of Freight Trains

President Obama reiterated his goal of bringing America up to speed with new high-speed rail projects nationwide. Meanwhile, the freight-rail systems are still helping farmers keep costs down and getting their crops out. Any new kind of rail expansion would have to take these long-established networks into account.
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Romanian Horse Meat In British Lasagna Reveals Complex Global Food Trade

What's that horse meat doing in the Norwegian lasagna? The growing European food scandal shows that in a world where food trade seems borderless, old-fashioned quality controls remain critical.
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Should The U.S. Import More Doctors?

"We should think of doctors the same way we think of shirts," an economist says. "If we can get doctors at a lower cost from elsewhere in the world then we could save enormous amounts of money."
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As Cruise Industry Grows, So Have Its Problems

The engine room fire, power outage and ensuing problems aboard the stricken Carnival Triumph are far from the first major issues aboard a cruise ship. With bigger ships and more passengers than ever, the companies' safety concerns have been magnified.
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DIY Broadband Comes To The English Countryside

When you live out in the middle of nowhere, you can feel like you're in the Internet slow lane because broadband just isn't available. Residents in rural Lancashire in England created their own high-speed Internet connection because they felt no major supplier would do it for them.
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Eurozone Economies Declined In 2012

The latest economic numbers from Europe are in and they are not encouraging. The countries that make up the eurozone say their economies shrank at a 2.3 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter. Italy and Spain had especially sharp declines.
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In Kansas, A 'Glide Path' To No Income Taxes. Will It Work?

Gov. Sam Brownback plans to get rid of Kansas' income tax and cut the size of state government. Some lawmakers say it's a great experiment that will show that lower tax rates and streamlined bureaucracy can stimulate growth; others are concerned about overreaching.
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With GDP Slip, German Economy 'Finally Lost Its Invincibility'

The German economy shrank 0.6 percent during the last quarter of 2012, dragging the eurozone deeper into recession. There are some positive signs, however.

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