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The Past And Future Of America's Biggest Retailers

Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart all celebrate their 50th year of business this year. They were born after prohibitions against volume discounts and set prices broke down. Now the giant chains face one of their biggest challenges — evolving in the Internet age.
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At Burmese Dissident's Cafe, A Taste Of Politics And Salad

Myat Thu knew early that he was destined as a cook to make salads. His restaurant on the Thai side of the border with Myanmar specializes in Burmese salads. Thu has been cautiously watching Myanmar's political change, hoping to go home one day.
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In Fiscal Cliff Talks, Higher Taxes Vs. Closing Loopholes

The White House and Congress continue to work on a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff and cuts deficits in the long run. President Obama wants to raise tax rates for the wealthy. Republicans want to raise revenue by closing loopholes and limiting deductions for high-income people. But could that raise enough money?
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Manassas Daily 'News & Messenger' Shuts Down

Manassas, Va. is about to lose its daily newspaper that's been in publication for more than 140 years.

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Tesla Revived The Electric Car, But Can It Sell It?

Electric automaker Tesla's new Model S has received a lot of praise from the automotive press for breaking the stigma on electric cars. The challenge for the young, Silicon Valley company is to see if it can get non-car enthusiasts to get behind the wheel.
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Dulles Airport Turns 50 Years Old

Dulles International Airport is marking a major milestone — 50 years!

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EPA Says Its Ethanol Rules Aren't Driving Up Food Prices

The Environmental Protection Agency says it won't waive a law that requires much of the nation's corn to be refined into ethanol and blended into gasoline. Meat producers say this will drive up food prices, but the EPA says the "ethanol mandate" isn't at fault.
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Hostess To Sell Off Its Brands After 82 Years

Hostess, the iconic brand behind Twinkies, Wonder Bread and Ho Hos, says it is going out of business. The company plans to shut down 33 plants and 565 distribution centers as it liquidates. More than 18,000 workers would lose their jobs. Already in bankruptcy, Hostess said a nationwide strike "crippled" the company's operations. The union representing bakery workers blames mismanagement for the company's demise.

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