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Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy

Most Iranians back President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to reach out to the world, but so far there's been very little tangible improvement in an economy that's been hurting for years.
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Many Flights Canceled, But Fewer Fliers Stranded On Tarmac

A fliers' revolt on Valentine's Day in 2007 led to stiff fines against airlines that kept passengers waiting for too long. The delays still happen, but new technology and better planning are making them less inconvenient.
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Consumer Advocates Alarmed By $45 Billion Deal

Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider, is set to become even bigger. The Philadelphia-based company has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, in an all-stock deal valued at roughly $45 billion. Consumer groups oppose the deal on the grounds that it will hurt competition and raise prices. But the companies claim competition won't be harmed at all.
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Not Every Great Philanthropist Is A Household Name

The Chronicle of Philanthropy this week released its list of the 50 most generous donors of 2013. Alongside names like Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros is a relative unknown named Millicent Atkins, who left some $37 million to three institutions. Melissa talks with Jane Godfrey, director of trusts and estates at the University of Minnesota Foundation, the recipient of a surprise bequest from Atkins. We also talk with Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle, about other low-profile philanthropists who year after year surprise institutions with their generosity.
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Debt Ceiling Vote Relied On GOP's 'Tough Vote' Caucus

The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.
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How The Big Cable Deal Could Actually Boost Open-Internet Rules

Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner might strengthen provisions intended to make sure Internet providers are treating all online traffic equally by extending so-called net neutrality to millions more users. But public-interest advocates worry the deal will hurt competition.
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Businesses Scramble To Deliver Valentine's Treats In Snow

If you don't get those roses from your special someone, first consider that your gift might be held up by the weather. Small-business owners across the East Coast are working overtime and trekking through snow to get orders to their customers.

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Apple Steps Up The Pressure On 'Conflict Minerals'

The maker of the iPhone has announced that its suppliers are no longer using the mineral tantalum sourced from conflict regions. Apple says it is listing all of its smelters and refiners and the status of the minerals they use.
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Paula Deen Cooks Up $75 Million Deal With Investor

The celebrity cook and restaurant owner lost her Food Network gig and many endorsements last year when her past use of a racial slur was revealed. She has apologized many times. Now, a private equity company has come forward with millions of dollars to restart her business empire.
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Weekly Jobless Claims Rise, As Do Hopes That Spring Will Bring Better News

The 339,000 claims for benefits filed last week marked an increase of 8,000 from the week before. Economists are hoping that once winter ends, hiring will pick up.

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