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San Franciscos Bay Area Rapid Transit Grinds To A Halt

Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions went on strike after weekend talks with management failed to produce a new contract. The move ensures a nightmarish journey ahead for Monday commuters.
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School Accused Of Driving Up Art Work Auction Price

A wealthy New York couple is suing their son's kindergarten, claiming they were tricked into paying $50,000 for a finger painting done by a group of five-year-olds — including their son. The couple was out of town during the school's benefit auction, so they instructed a proxy to make sure they made the highest bid. The couple claim the school rigged the auction by having a first-grade teacher drive up the price.
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U.S. Investors, Businesses Hesitant To Set Up In Africa

President Obama's trip to Africa comes at a time of increasing African economic growth and declining U.S. influence on the continent. To be successful, he will need to overcome a general perception that the United States has withdrawn from Africa. At the same time, he must convince an American public and private sector that getting more invested in Africa will be good for American jobs and the economy.
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Alabama County Files Plan To Exit Bankruptcy

Creditors are going to lose up to 70 cents of every dollar they're owed by Jefferson County, Ala. The county earned the title of largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history after a sewer financing deal went awry.
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Frager's Fire Deemed Accidental, Caused By Smoking Material

Officials say the fire that heavily damaged Frager's Hardware store on Capitol Hill was caused by carelessly discarded smoking material.

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Puerto Rico Rolling Out The Welcome Mat For Millionaires

The recession hit Puerto Rico's already struggling economy hard. So the island, a U.S. territory that can make its own tax laws, is pitching an attractive offer to the wealthy: Move to this warm, tropical isle and live virtually tax-free.
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Debate Over What Constitutes A Living Wage

Hundreds of fast food workers in cities around the country are walking off the job to push for higher pay: Debate over what constitutes a living wage.

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Avocado-Fed Pork? Why Animal Feed Is Going Gourmet

Some farmers say they are willing to shoulder the extra cost and time of specialty feed because they're turned off by conventional feed mixes. A few will even take custom feed requests from chefs and diners.
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Bikini Baristas And Sexist Sausages: Food Marketing Gone Wrong

In over-caffeinated Washington state, police have raided a chain of coffee stands where the scantily clad baristas were allegedly serving up way more than espressos. Meanwhile, in Germany, a plan to serve up "his and her" bratwurst proves sexist and ham-headed.
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China's 'Shadow Banking' And How It Threatens The Economy

China's economic growth has been fueled by bank loans that flow freely. But during the latest bout of turmoil, China's central bank indicated that it may no longer lend so quickly and cheaply. The so-called shadow banking sector is of particular concern.

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