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Sales Of Existing Homes Hit Three-Year High

The housing sector continues to recover. Sales rose 5.9 percent last month. It's the second new piece of positive news about the economy. Earlier, gross domestic product growth for the third quarter was revised upward.
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NYSE Being Bought For $8.2B By Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange

The deal would end the New York Stock Exchange's independence and seems to underscore its diminishing influence. Other exchanges, such as ICE, have pioneered futures trading. Regulators are expected to OK the acquisition.
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Social Services Center In Arlington To Close

Services for people with mental disabilities and substance abuse problems in Arlington are about to say goodbye to a neighborhood center that has offered services for the last four years.

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Third Quarter Economic Growth Revised Up Again

Gross domestic product grew at a 3.1 percent annual rate, well above earlier estimates. But, claims for jobless benefits rose last week — another sign that while the economy may be on the mend, there are still problems.
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From Shoes To M&M's, Custom-Made Products Take Off Online

The ability to customize products began with computers more than a decade ago. Now, you can create your own T-shirts, jeans, custom-blend cosmetics and candy. Even luxury brands like Burberry, Prada and Louis Vuitton now let customers design their own looks.
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Persistence, Bribes Got Wal-Mart Into Mexican Town

Wal-Mart has expanded rapidly in Mexico. A report this week delves into how corruption played out in a town, where Wal-Mart was determined to build a supermarket near some ancient pyramids. Steve Inskeep talks to David Barstow, of The New York Times, about his continuing investigation into Wal-Mart's troubling business practices in Mexico.

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