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JPMorgan Chase To Pay More Than $2 Billion To Madoff Victims

The bank will be criminally charged with two violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, but will receive a deferred prosecution under the agreement.
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Senate Votes To Move Ahead On Extending Unemployment Benefits

In a 60-37 vote, the measure passes a key procedural hurdle, moving a three-month extension of benefits to 1.3 million Americans closer to passage.
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Microsoft Reveals 'Epic' Xbox Sales

Microsoft announced sales of its new Xbox One topped 3 million units by the end of 2013. In a blog post, the company called it "the most epic launch of Xbox by all measures." The third generation console was available a week before Thanksgiving.
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Class Trumps Race When It Comes To Internet Access

A new study finds that income and age play a larger role in access to high-speed Internet than race. Among lower-income African-Americans, smartphones are often a way to make up for not having a broadband connection at home. But using a mobile device as a primary means of accessing the Internet has drawbacks.
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Senate OKs Yellen, To Take Up Jobless Benefits Tuesday

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. But it delayed at the last minute taking a procedural vote on extending federal jobless benefits.
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Colo. Marijuana Merchants Forced To Deal Mostly In Cash

Colorado's retailers may be allowed to sell marijuana but under federal law, the state's banks cannot knowingly do business with them. This has forced marijuana merchants in the state to operate almost solely in cash.
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In Gaming, A Shift From Enemies To Emotions

Many of these "empathy games" focus on smaller, more personal stories about everyday people. Today's developers grew up with the medium, says one designer. For them, it's "natural to consider that you can have a game about anything."
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In 2012, Health Care Costs Grow More Slowly Than U.S. Economy

Health care spending continued to rise in 2012, but it did so at a relatively low rate for the 4th year in a row. The report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Spending said overall spending on health care increased 3.7 percent over the previous year.
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CES 2014: Toothbrush? Bed? Car? Put Some Internet On It

The Consumer Electronics Show is the tech industry's annual electronics showcase in Las Vegas, where companies are showing off their latest-and-greatest gadgets like Internet-connected toothbrushes (ideal for hygiene-concerned helicopter parents) and cars that come equipped with a 4G cell connection.
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Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Janet Yellen, 67, will become the first woman to serve as America's banking chief, heading an institution that was established in 1913.

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