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Visa Card Worth Its Weight In Gold

For those who want to buy bling with bling, a bank in Kazakhastan plans to offer a Visa card made of gold plus a couple of dozen diamonds and mother of pearl. It will require $100,000 upfront, and an annual fee of $2,000 — but there are no late frees and you get a free iPhone.
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BP Legal Troubles Persist Over Gulf Spill

The record breaking criminal guilty plea by BP by no means marks the end of the oil company's legal troubles. BP still faces a civil trial in February over its environmental responsibilities from the Gulf oil spill. Last week it pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter in the deaths of 11 rig workers.
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Hostess Brands To Begin Selling Its Assets

Hostess Brands will start selling off its assets in a bankruptcy court in New York Monday. That prospect has struck fear in the hearts of lovers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. Sensing a possible shortage, some hopeful entrepreneurs took to eBay offering up many Hostess items at some exorbitant prices.
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Americans Run Up More Credit Card Debt

The average American had almost $5,000 of credit card debt in the third quarter of 2012, up almost 5 percent over the previous quarter. Industry analysts say the increase is partly seasonal, people spending more ahead of the holidays. But they also say it could reflect growing consumer confidence, which has been on the rise since July as job numbers have gradually improved nationwide.
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The Past And Future Of America's Biggest Retailers

Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart all celebrate their 50th year of business this year. They were born after prohibitions against volume discounts and set prices broke down. Now the giant chains face one of their biggest challenges — evolving in the Internet age.
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At Burmese Dissident's Cafe, A Taste Of Politics And Salad

Myat Thu knew early that he was destined as a cook to make salads. His restaurant on the Thai side of the border with Myanmar specializes in Burmese salads. Thu has been cautiously watching Myanmar's political change, hoping to go home one day.

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