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Coal Mine Inspection Sweep Targets Cause Of Black Lung

One of the 13 coal mines singled out by inspectors was once owned by Massey Energy, the company that owned the Upper Big Branch mine, the scene of a deadly 2010 explosion. Two others are owned by Murray Energy, whose Crandall Canyon coal mine experienced two collapses in 2007, killing nine miners and rescuers.
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Lucasfilm Deal Represents Shift In Hollywood

Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Zeitchik, who covers entertainment for the Los Angeles Times, about the recent Disney deal that bought out filmmaker George Lucas' production company Lucasfilm Ltd. for over $4 billion. The company is behind one of the most beloved, profitable and iconic movie franchises of all time, Star Wars.
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Auto Legend Iacocca Backs Romney In Ohio Car Wars

As the presidential race zeroes in on Ohio, and the auto industry gets renewed focus in the all-important swing state, Mitt Romney's campaign touted the backing of former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca and the company's former president, Hal Sperlich.
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America's Most Expensive Storms

Six of the 10 most expensive storms since 1900 have hit since 2000. But after you adjust for increases in population and wealth, the picture looks different.
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Sandy's Economic Toll Stretches Far And Wide

Initial estimates forecast that damages and lost business from Sandy could top $30 billion. The state of the New York City subway system will be a critical factor. And many businesses are suffering because they are not insured for sustained business losses due to a weather catastrophe.
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Walt Disney Co. To Buy George Lucas Film Studio

The Walt Disney Co. has announced that it is buying Lucasfilm, reportedly paying more than $4 billion in stock and cash for the studio founded and owned by George Lucas. Disney says it will release a new Star Wars movie in 2015.
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Halloween Spending On The Rise

The total amount of spending on Halloween this year is expected to reach $8 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Some trends include Victorian corsets, group costumes, and fancy dress for pets.
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New York Markets Set To Reopen On Tuesday

The New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ are both set to reopen Tuesday. The markets were closed Monday and Tuesday as Hurricane Sandy pounded the East Coast, flooding New York's financial district.

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