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G20 Leaders Pledge To Avert Currency War

A meeting of finance ministers from the 20 leading industrial and developing nations wrapped up over the weekend in Moscow. The nations agreed to not to target the exchange rates of their respective currencies amid concerns that competitive devaluation could spark a currency war.
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Growing Resistance, Oregon Hazelnuts Battle Blight

Carefully developed breeds are overpowering Eastern filbert blight, which had threatened to crush the U.S. hazelnut industry.
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Advocates Promote Responsible Lending In Virginia

A Virginia organization says that since the General Assembly passed reforms, fewer people have been trapped by high-interest loan assistance.

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White House Warns Of Sequestration's Effects

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said the cuts would offset "pretty good" economic activity over the past few months. GOP Rep. Paul Ryan was pessimistic about a deal, while Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said the two sides would come together for an agreement.

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D.C. Lottery Revenue Increases

More people in the District are hoping for a jackpot, as lottery revenue in the city is on the rise.

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High-Speed Rail Buzz Overpowers Daily Chug Of Freight Trains

President Obama reiterated his goal of bringing America up to speed with new high-speed rail projects nationwide. Meanwhile, the freight-rail systems are still helping farmers keep costs down and getting their crops out. Any new kind of rail expansion would have to take these long-established networks into account.
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Romanian Horse Meat In British Lasagna Reveals Complex Global Food Trade

What's that horse meat doing in the Norwegian lasagna? The growing European food scandal shows that in a world where food trade seems borderless, old-fashioned quality controls remain critical.
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Should The U.S. Import More Doctors?

"We should think of doctors the same way we think of shirts," an economist says. "If we can get doctors at a lower cost from elsewhere in the world then we could save enormous amounts of money."
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As Cruise Industry Grows, So Have Its Problems

The engine room fire, power outage and ensuing problems aboard the stricken Carnival Triumph are far from the first major issues aboard a cruise ship. With bigger ships and more passengers than ever, the companies' safety concerns have been magnified.

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