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Despite Europe's Financial Crisis, Lativa To Adopt Euro

The words eurozone and crisis have been firmly linked together for the past half decade. Many eurozone economies have collapsed to Depression-era levels. And yet this week, the Baltic nation of Latvia, chose to join the euro. To understand that move, David Greene talks to Pauls Raudseps, economics editor of the Latvian weekly news magazine IR.
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Microsoft CEO Reveals New Corporate Structure

CEO Steve Ballmer has shuffled the organizational deck at Microsoft, breaking down long-standing barriers within the company. Microsoft has been criticized for internal turf battles and slow-footed responses to changes in technology.
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Apple To Appeal Ruling It Fixed E-Book Prices

A federal judge this week ruled that Apple conspired to raise prices of e-books, handing a victory to the Justice Department. Another winner in the fallout from this case was Amazon, the dominant seller of e-books.
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Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion

The history of the Medicare drug law, and Medicare itself, suggests that rough launches of health expansions don't necessarily signal a lasting failure. So, proponents say, even a misfire of the health exchanges wouldn't doom the federal overhaul.
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Chuck Foley, Co-Created Twister, Dies At 82

Charles "Chuck" Foley and his business partner Neil Rabens invented the game for Milton Bradley in 1966. Twister is now manufactured by Hasbro Inc., and the company says it remains a top seller.
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Will A Health Insurer Sponsor The Next 'Jackass' Movie?

Soon, all Americans will have to buy health insurance or pay a fine. This sounds like a marketer's dream. But when the product you're selling is health insurance, there are some pitfalls.
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Report: Microsoft Helped NSA, FBI Get Around Encryption

The latest Guardian report on U.S. electronic surveillance says the company granted accesses to email and chat services.
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Dr. Sid Wolfe: Consumer Health Advocate

Dr. Sid Wolfe on the effort to ensure the safety of prescription drugs and his 40-year career as a consumer health advocate.

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Bernanke's Comments Give Stocks A Lift

Stocks surged Thursday after the chief of the Federal Reserve sent signals that the central bank wasn't in a hurry to stop helping the economy. In early afternoon trading, key U.S. indexes were up about 1 percent.
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Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

The increase — of 16,000 claims — may be mostly due to seasonal shutdowns of auto plants, which are retooling.

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