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Asian Markets Move Lower On News From Fed Meeting

Stock markets across Asia fell and India's currency continued its plunge after minutes from the July meeting of the Federal Reserve were released on Wednesday. Records showed Fed officials were comfortable with scaling back the huge bond-buying program as the economy grows stronger.
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Bank Of America To Close Some Drive-Up Tellers

Bank of America says too few people are using drive-through teller windows. So, the bank is cutting that service at some branches. Teller lanes from Georgia to Texas have already closed.
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Phyllis Diller's Estate To Be Auction Next Month

On stage the late comedienne dressed like a disheveled, chain-smoking housewife with freakish hair — and now some lucky bidders can too. The sale will include many of her trademark props: blond fright wigs, feather boas, ankle boots and cigarette holders.
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In Canada, Maine Lobstermen Get Both A Rival And A Tutor

Lobsters are Maine's signature industry, but it's Canada who seems to be doing the better job of marketing its crustaceans. And as Maine lobstermen face record-low prices, the state is hoping to take a few lessons from the success of its northern neighbor.
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As Housing Recovers, Lots Of Boats Rise In U.S. Economy

In just the past week we've seen a bunch of signs that the housing recovery is gaining steam. Most important for the economy, home builders are hiring more workers and building more houses.
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Inside The Beef Industry's Battle Over Growth-Promotion Drugs

Beta agonists, a class of drugs widely fed to cattle and hogs to make them put on weight faster, are coming under increasing scrutiny. Reports suggest animals fed these drugs can seem reluctant to move — lethargic, unable to walk properly — and may die more often, too.
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Facebook CEO's Internet Crusade Hopes To Bring Billions Online

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has teamed up with other tech giants to pursue the goal of providing Internet service to five billion people in the developing world. The group, called Internet.org, says data can be used more efficiently and participating partners can work cooperatively to make access to the web affordable in emerging economies. Zuckerberg makes the case on his Facebook page for how a global Internet infrastructure can be created. But the document doesn't have tangible commitments from Facebook or other participating companies.
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India And Other BRIC Economies Now Facing Headwinds

India is struggling — but it's not the only developing nation that's having economic troubles. Brazil, China and Russia are all slowing down. But the U.S., which struggled after the Great Recession, is showing some positive signs.
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Forget Cronuts: London's 'Townies' Take On Hybrid-Dessert Craze

While New Yorkers line up for the cronut, a croissant-doughnut cross, in London, a tartlet-brownie mashup called the townie is now the rage. Social media is helping to drive these hybrid-food fads, industry watchers say, but how they ultimately impact the bottom line depends on whether purveyors can be more than one-trick ponies.
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Sales Of Existing Homes Rose 6.5 Percent In July

The increase pushed sales of previously owned homes to their highest level since November 2009. The data from the National Association of Realtors are another sign that the housing sector has bounced back.

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