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Obama Wants Tougher Fuel Standards For Big Trucks

Better fuel efficiency for such vehicles is a "win, win, win," the president said. It will help reduce dependency on foreign oil, save drivers' money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers, though, say the standards could make the vehicles more expensive and less safe.
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Chinese Firm Gets Approval To Buy Electric Carmaker Fisker

Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts company, won a bankruptcy auction last week for Fisker, which made plug-in, hybrid sports cars. Wanxiang's bid is valued at about $150 million.
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Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Under the federal health law and 2006 regulations, insurers can't deny medical coverage for an individual's injuries because they resulted from a medical condition such as depression, even if it wasn't diagnosed before the injury.
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Candy Crush Saga's Developer Plans To Go Public

King Digital Entertainment filed for an initial public offering aimed at bringing in a half-billion dollars. The company revealed it has 128 million active daily users, with 93 million playing Candy Crush Saga, the Apple App Store's No. 2 highest-grossing game. King also makes Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.
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California Toasts 2013's Record Wine Grape Harvest

Finally there's some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state's reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.
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Mega Mall Helps Pakistanis Escape Pressures Of Everyday Life

Islamabad's a pretty quiet place at night. That's no big surprise in a capital full of forts and road blocks. But that's not the case at the city's latest landmark, the Centaurus Mall, where Pakistanis, young and old, flock to a place that feels far removed from the problems of Islamabad.
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Japan's Central Bank Tries To Encourage More Lending

Japan's central Bank has doubled incentives it offers to banks. The move is meant to weaken the yen which would make Japanese goods more affordable — in turn, encouraging Americans and Chinese to buy those goods.
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More U.S. Companies Switch To High Deductible Health Plans

Over-all health care cost increases have slowed dramatically, but consumers may not notice it. Many face higher deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums as employers' insurance plans try to encourage them to pay more attention to health care costs. One big problem is health care price information is often not available.
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Black Market Tobacco Sales Hurt New York Businesses

Drug store giant CVS has announced it will stop selling tobacco products later this year. Industry watchers say other drug store chains may follow CVS's lead. What does that change mean for New York City's bodegas, newsstands and other small shops?
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Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that's just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.

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