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Why 'Black Friday' Has Dark Roots

Retailers say the day after Thanksgiving is when they start making profits and heading into the black. But the term has a long history predating the shopping bonanza — nearly all of it negative.
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Cyprus, Turkey At Odds Over Natural Gas Drilling

The small island nation of Cyprus is drilling under the Mediterranean Sea for natural gas. It is facing opposition from Turkey, which has occupied part of the island since 1974.
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Burgundy's Yield Fails To Meet Grape Expectations

Bad weather this year has made the 2012 grape harvest the smallest in a half-century; this at a time when sales of Burgundy are booming in the U.S., Britain and across Asia. But wine makers seem to be taking the loss in stride.
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The Last Word In Business

Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer have the Last Word in business.
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Rich Jaroslovsky's Gadget Picks For 2012

Gadgets are always popular choices as holiday presents. Linda Wertheimer talks to regular technology commentator Rich Jaroslovsky, of Bloomberg News, about the gadgets he likes. Tops on the list are a camera, a quality sound system and a coffee machine.
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On Thanksgiving, Stores Serve Up A Side Of Shopping

Black Friday is seeping into Thanksgiving Day, a new trend dubbed "Gray Thursday." Brick-and-mortar stores have been competing with online retailers that have been scooping up early holiday shoppers. But it's unclear whether the extra effort it takes to open on Thanksgiving will be worth it.

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