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An Entrepreneur Expands The Lego Universe

Each year, Lego turns out 19 billion plastic bricks, figures and gears for building things. But sometimes it seems even 19 billion isn't enough. Seattle-area resident Will Chapman wanted more, so he started making Lego-compatible parts — including World War II weapons.
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At His Own Risk, Somali Chef Creates Gourmet Haven In War-Weary Mogadishu

London-raised Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu, even though his restaurants have been attacked by suicide bombers more than once. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of authentic Somali cuisine and hospitality.
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'Giving Tuesday': The Start Of A Holiday Tradition?

A coalition of more than 1,400 charities is launching Giving Tuesday to jump-start end-of-year giving. They're taking off on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to motivate donors at a time when the outlook for giving remains lackluster.
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Springfield Mall Demolition Begins Monday

Fairfax County leaders will be gathering Monday to celebrate the demolition of Springfield Mall.

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Virginia Panel Working To Expand Small Businesses

A legislative panel in Virginia is looking into what policies it can recommend to help small businesses expand and hire more employees.

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'Small Business Saturday' Aims To Drive Local Economy

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren't the only deal-packed days... there's also Small Business Saturday.

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Retail Arms Race Escalates To New Level

Host Scott Simon talks to retail analyst Patty Edwards of Trutina Financial about the escalating holiday-retail battle: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and this year, the big-box stores which opened on Thursday night.
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Glitzy Burgundy Wine Auction Taps Celebrities

For more than 150 years, a charity auction has kicked off the wine season in France's Burgundy grape-growing region. It's turned into an A-list rendezvous for international industry players — this year attracting former supermodel and first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and record prices.

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