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Grandma Exodus: German Seniors Look To Poland For Care

A recent U.N. study rated Germany high in quality of life for seniors. Even so many Germans spend their final days in Eastern European countries like Poland where elder care is less expensive. The practice has some asking whether it's wrong to send loved ones far away to save money.
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U.S. Economy Takes A Hit After Partial Government Shutdown

Standard & Poor's estimates the 16-day government shutdown cost the U.S. economy roughly $24 billion. Because of that, the credit rating agency says it is lowering its estimate for U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter to just over 2 percent.
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After 16 Days, All Federal Employees Are To Report To Work

Now that the government shutdown is over, federal workers have been ordered back on the job. In Washington D.C., there's been a visible increase in traffic.
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The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain

Franchising is commonplace throughout the retail and service economy, whose pioneers included a former servant turned hair salon owner in the late 19th century. Such businesses are not for everyone, but Gary Robins, who owns dozens of Supercuts, says the setup has allowed him to grow more quickly than if he were on his own.
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If A Tech Company Had Built The Federal Health Care Website

The rollout of the health care exchange has been plagued by a host of technical problems. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley likely would have approached the website differently from the beginning — one former startup employee says that has to do with how projects are funded.
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Longshoremen On Strike In Baltimore Harbor

One of the nation's busiest ports has ground to a halt as 1,200 Baltimore longshoremen strike for a better contract.

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So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds?

The campaign to label foods containing genetically modified organisms is gaining ground in some parts of the U.S. But GMO ingredients are found in some 70 percent of foods we buy in the U.S. Would a ubiquitous GMO label scare off consumers, or would they learn to accept it and buy anyway?
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Reporter Glenn Greenwald, eBay Founder Forming New Venture

The reporter famous for breaking the story on the NSA surveillance program is leaving the Guardian newspaper for a new journalism site that aims to compete on all fronts and "convert mainstream readers into engaged citizens."
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Economists Say Fiscal Fits And Starts Hurt U.S. Growth

Economists are trying to figure out how much uncertainty over the shutdown has hurt the economy and the potential effects of a solution that essentially "kicks the can down the road." Some say this lurching from one short-term fix to the next simply puts a drag on the economy.
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Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

Fifty-two percent of low-wage fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet, a fresh analysis finds. Many are adults supporting families. But some conservative economists say raising the minimum wage to $15 — as protesters are demanding — wouldn't help matters.

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