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House Panel Examines Government Loan To Fisker Automotive

The founders of financially troubled Fisker Automotive were grilled by Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The electric car maker received a $529 million loan from the Department of Energy in 2009. The carmaker is now on the edge of collapse. Fisker has laid off most of its employees and hired bankruptcy advisers.
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Should Air Traffic Controllers Be Included In Furloughs?

As air travelers grumble about delayed flights, congressional Republicans have a new talking point: It's all President Obama's fault. They argue that he could make cuts in less critical parts of the FAA budget, but wants to inconvenience the public to force Congress to undo sequestration.
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Weekly Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

While the news is a positive sign, employers still seem to be reluctant to add many new jobs to their payrolls.
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Lady Gaga Writing A New Song Is Like A Factory Investing In A New Machine

The government is about to change the way it accounts for the economic value of music and movies.
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Shifting Retail Landscape Tilts Support For Online Sales Tax

The U.S. Senate seems ready to let states collect sales tax from more online retailers. Support for the measure has increased as businesses have converged their online and offline sales. "We're looking for consistency" in how taxes are collected, says the owner of a St. Louis pet store chain.
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These Days, More And More Chinese Have Driven A Ford Lately

For years Ford was an also-ran in China, but it has ambitious plans to change that. Last year, sales in China were up more than 30 percent, and the Ford Focus was the country's best-selling car.
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Step Aside, Gents. Witness The Rise Of Women In Coffee

From handpicking to sorting, it's women's hands that take on much of the labor involved in producing coffee around the world. New initiatives are empowering women to reap more of the financial rewards.

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