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Palestinian Olive Harvest Turns Bitter As Economy Sputters

Olive trees symbolize peace and freedom for the Palestinian people, but the economic realities of living in the West Bank are making it harder than ever to cultivate and harvest this traditional food source.
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More Large Retailers Ease Customers' Path To Credit

Faced with customers who can't use banks, or want to avoid them altogether, big-box stores like Costco and Wal-Mart are offering access to everything from insurance policies to home mortgages.
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Pot's Legal In Washington State, But Don't Drive High

Last month's ballot initiative that legalized marijuana contained a deal-sweetener for hesitant voters — a new DUI standard that may make life riskier for regular pot users. Regular users of medical marijuana say they'll be stuck on the wrong side of the law.
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Menards Can't Hire Enough Hands In Booming N.D.

The home-improvement retailer Menards is having such a hard time finding workers for its store in Minot, N.D., that it is importing them from Wisconsin. The area around Minot is experiencing an oil boom and a population boom with more jobs than takers. So to help fill the open positions at Menards, the company is looking to hire 50 workers from the company's headquarters in Eau Claire, Wisc., to work in Minot. Melissa Block speaks with Dan Feldner of the Minot Daily News about the story.
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AAA Calls To Suspend Sale Of New Ethanol Fuel

Most Americans have never heard of the fuel E15 — and that could be part of the problem. The auto club says drivers unfamiliar with E15 could fill up with the gasoline accidentally and damage some vehicles. Ethanol producers and the renewable fuels lobby say that's nonsense.
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Pilots At Bankrupt American Airlines Push For Merger

American Airlines is on a protracted trip through bankruptcy. The carrier has asked a judge to extend its control over its restructuring through March. American's unions want a merger with U.S. Airways.
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Virginia Psychic Challenges Zoning Laws In Court

"Psychic Sophie" of Chesterfield County is making her case in court that zoning ordinances and licensing requirements put an unfair burden on her business and violate her first amendment freedoms.

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