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Sales Of Existing Homes Hit 7-Year High In 2013

There's more evidence that the housing sector has come out of its deep slump. The day's other key economic indicator: The number of people who applied for unemployment insurance barely changed last week. The pace remained near where it was before the economy slipped into its 2007-2009 recession.
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World Economic Forum Opens In Switzerland

Every year, the world's movers and shakers gather in Davos, for an economic conference. Renee Montagne talks to Gideon Rachman, the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times, about who's there, and what international issues are at the forefront.
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Netflix Reports Better-Than-Expected Earnings

The video streaming company's shares spiked more than 17 percent Wednesday during after-hours trading. The company also announced it added more than 2 million subscribers during the fourth quarter.
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Don't Fall For The Oldest Trick In The Book

Police in Ceres, Calif., have a warning: If someone comes up to you in a silver Lexus at dusk offering a ridiculously cheap iPad — don't buy it. Authorities say several people have fallen prey to the alluring low prices.
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Texas Landowners Keep Watchful Eye On Keystone KL Pipeline

Oil is now running through the southern part of the keystone XL pipeline. Supporters and opponents will be watching carefully to see what that could mean for the northern section of the project, that still awaits approval from the Obama administration.
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Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes

After the Target and Neiman Marcus data breach compromised credit card data of at least 70 million American consumers, the banking and retail industries are coming to a consensus to move away from the swipe and signature system to the much more secure chip and PIN process available around the world.
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Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

The government agency at the heart of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal may be little-known outside of the Northeast. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey controls a pot of money bigger than the budget of some states.
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Spain Exits Bailout In A Sign Of Progress, Not Full Recovery

Spain's banking system is officially marking the end of its reliance on bailout loans from Europe — only the second eurozone country to do so. Although the banking system may be on surer footing, the overall economy — with youth unemployment pushing 60 percent — still has a long way to go.
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Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave

Bacardi, Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker have some new competition these days. There's been a surge in the number of craft distilleries in the U.S. over the past few years, as more mom and pop entrepreneurs are making liquor for local customers.
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Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

Many cars can now track where we are, how fast we go and lots of other nuggets of information that can be accessed and mined. Some lawmakers and at least one car company say it's time to set some rules on driver privacy.

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