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Debate: Is The Affordable Care Act Beyond Repair?

Two teams of medical doctors and political columnists face off over the hot-button health care law in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. Is Obamacare fundamentally flawed or poised to transform the health care system for the better?
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Warren Buffett's $1 Billion Basketball Bet Is A Very Long Shot

Quicken Loans and Buffett have teamed up to offer $1 billion to anyone who correctly picks the winners of all 63 games in this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. But the odds of winning are sky-high.
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Long John Silver's Throws Trans Fats Overboard

Last year, the fast-food chain earned the dubious distinction from a health watchdog group of serving "America's worst restaurant meal." Now, Long John Silver's is winning praise for removing all trans fats from its menu.
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Almost No Poor Nations By 2035? That's What Bill Gates Says

In his annual letter about the work of his foundation, the Microsoft co-founder says once-impoverished nations have already made tremendous progress, and more will follow their lead.
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Amazon Does The Math, Anticipates Your Needs

Amazon has a patent for what it calls "anticipatory shipping" — shipping goods to a warehouse near you before you've bought them. Renee Montagne talks to Tim Stevens, editor-at-large for CNET, about Amazon developing a sales method to ultimately read your mind.
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Punishing Winter Temperatures Drain Propane Supplies

The latest winter storm and freezing temperatures are straining already low supplies of propane in the Midwest and Northeast. Millions of Americans use the liquefied gas to heat their homes.
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Sears To Close Flagship Store In Downtown Chicago

The closure is part of an ongoing effort to cut expenses. Sears was once the largest retailer in Chicago. J.C.Penney and Macy's have also announced store closings recently.
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Global Economic Recovery To Keep Strengthening

The International Monetary Fund has updated its outlook for the world economy. The IMF boosted its forecast for global growth slightly. It also hiked its estimate for U.S. growth.
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Banks Challenged By Economy Despite Positive Earnings

It was a good quarter for most of the nation's big banks. Wells Fargo overtook JPMorgan to become "most profitable." And Bank of America showed its best results since 2007. A closer look, however, reveals some weaknesses that aren't apparent at first glance.
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Quicken Loans Offers $1 Billion In NCAA Bracket Promotion

The finance company is offering a $1 billion prize to whoever correctly picks each game in the men's NCAA tournament. The odds of correctly picking every game are more than 9 quintillion to 1.

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