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Former QB Drew Bledsoe Becomes Unlikely Lobbyist For Interstate Wine Sales

Robert Siegel speaks with former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. In retirement, Bledsoe has taken up winemaking in his home state of Washington — but a Massachusetts law banning wine shipments to residents is preventing some of his former fans from becoming customers. This week, Bledsoe traveled to the Massachusetts Statehouse to support a bill that would change that.
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HBO: Programming Could Be Sold Directly Through Internet Providers

The television network's CEO, Richard Plepler, says the company is mulling over a move that could end-run the cable companies.
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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Says He Will Step Down

Genachowski's resignation will leave the commission evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. President Obama has not announced a replacement.
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Cyprus Gets Cold Shoulder From Russia On Bailout Aid

The Mediterranean island nation was hoping for new terms on an existing loan and a new line of credit from Moscow to help it stave off default.
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Cypriot Parliament Faces Bankruptcy Deadline

The tiny Mediterranean island-nation of Cyprus is teetering on the edge of insolvency after rejecting a tax on bank deposits imposed by the E.U. and IMF in exchange for a bailout. Cyprus has until Monday to approve a new bailout plan.
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Chicago Teachers, Parents Riled By Plan To Close 54 Public Schools

The Chicago public school district says closing underutilized facilities would free up resources as it faces a $1 billion shortfall. But parents and the teachers union say the plan will endanger children, and they plan to fight to keep the schools open.
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Florida Bomb Shelter Goes On Sale

The Real Estate website Zillow is describing the Cold War-era bomb shelter in South Florida as the ultimate man cave. It's listed for $499,500. The listing agent describes the property as "something out of an old Japanese Godzilla movie."
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Census Bureau: Americans Burdened By High Debt

The Census Bureau is out with a new report on the debt and wealth of Americans. It shows the economic turmoil of the past decade shredded the financial fortunes of many Americans. The report shows debt burdens higher and wealth lower than in the year 2000.

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