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American Express To Cut 5,400 Jobs

The cuts will come primarily in the company's travel business, and account for about 8.5 percent of AmEx's 63,500- person workforce. American Express said it will take a $287 million restructuring charge associated with the layoffs.
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To Catch Worker Misconduct, Companies Hire Corporate Detectives

As businesses face more complex regulations and heightened scrutiny by prosecutors, companies are turning to investigative firms to help keep watch over their employees. The idea behind the "corporate monitoring" business is to nip misconduct in the bud before law enforcement catches a whiff of it.
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What Does $1 Trillion Worth Of Platinum Look Like?

Just for the sake of financial fun, we've calculated how much platinum it would actually take to mint a coin with $1 trillion worth of the metal in it. Turns out, it's probably more platinum than mankind has available on the market right now.

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Obama Taps Top Aide Lew For Treasury

The president has nominated his chief of staff. Jack Lew is also a former budget director in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. He would replace Timothy Geithner, who plans to step down soon.
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Southwest D.C. Gears Up For More Redevelopment

There may be no part of D.C. that's seen more change over the past century than Southwest. And developers are in the midst of more work they hope will make the area a true waterfront destination.

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Three New 'Cliffs' Threaten The Economy

Three more fiscal cliff-type deadlines are fast approaching. They involve: 1) raising the debt ceiling 2) imposing automatic spending cuts and 3) funding the federal government to avert a partial shutdown.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Obama announces his choices for key second-term positions. Vice President Biden meets with gun control advocates and the NRA. And new mortgage rules target risky lending. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Mississippi Blues: When The River Doesn't Run

The drought that damaged crops in the Midwest last summer has brought the water level to historically low levels. Now barge traffic along a vital stretch of the Mississippi is dangerously close to running dry, putting shipping and jobs at risk.
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Crazy Or Canny? Talk Grows About $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

In theory, some say, President Obama could have a $1 trillion coin made and that would head off the next big battle over the federal government's debt ceiling.

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