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U.S. Airlines To Face Pilot Shortage

Beginning next summer, federal rules will require pilots to have six times more flight time to get hired, and will then also require airlines to give pilots more rest between flights. This will increase the number of pilots airlines need, just as thousands of senior pilots reach the mandatory retirement age of 65.
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Election Over, Washington Moves On To 'Fiscal Cliff'

With the election settled, Washington and Wall Street are focused on whether Congress and a re-elected president can avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the automatic budget cuts and tax hikes that would happen if an agreement can't be reached by early in the new year.
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Customers Complain About Early Christmas Carols

The Canadian pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart wanted the holiday spirit in its 1,100 stores. So it swapped out pop tunes for Christmas carols on Nov. 1. The chain got so many complaints, it suspended the holiday music until further notice.
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Lew, Bowles Rumored To Replace Treasury's Geithner

A second term means some new Cabinet appointments for President Obama, including at Treasury. After four pretty grueling years, Secretary Timothy Geithner has made it clear he will be leaving Washington, but who will replace him? Erskine Bowles and Jack Lew are two names that are mentioned.
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How The Fiscal Cliff Would Hit The Economy

From higher payroll taxes to automatic cuts in military spending, the looming budget crisis could drag the economy back into recession and create turmoil in the financial markets, economists say. To better understand what's at stake, have a look at some of the key phrases involved in the crisis.
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Wisp Resort Finds Buyer To Prevent Closure

Maryland's only ski resort, which had faced the threat of bankruptcy, may now be able to remain open.

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Google, Facebook And The Next Billion Users

Approximately three-quarters of the world's population now has access to a mobile phone, and the majority of those subscriptions are in developing countries. But those phones don't usually have data plans. Now, Google and Facebook are offering free apps on these devices to get users hooked on social media.
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Retro London Cabs On The Road Toward Extinction

The number of black beetle-like taxis is dwindling. The only company that makes them had to recall 400 of its newest vehicles because of a mechanical defect. Ahead of the holiday season, very few of its rentals are available. As the company files for bankruptcy protection, cabbies cross their fingers to keep the iconic vehicle alive.

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