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Say It Ain't So, Joe: Bazooka Bubble Gum Is Killing Its Tiny Comics

A tiny comic strip has wrapped each piece of gum since 1953. But the company says it's redesigning its packaging to be more relevant to today's bubble-blowing kids. Instead of comics, there will be brainteasers and codes that unlock onilne content, The New York Times reports.
Friday, November 30, 2012

Downtown Holiday Market

The 8th annual Downtown Holiday Market returns from Nov. 30 through Dec. 23, 2012, on 8th and F Streets Northwest. Hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles will be offered by 60 exhibitors each day.

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Booches' Famous Burgers Seek New Buns After Hostess Plant Closes

It's not just Twinkie hoarders and Ding Dong lovers that feel the pain of the Hostess factory closings. For the first time in about 40 years, Booches Billiard Hall in Columbia, Mo. has to go elsewhere to source the buns for its famous burgers. Regulars say they are adapting to the change.
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Consumer Spending Dipped In October; Superstorm Sandy Blamed

Many in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic couldn't get to stores and were out of work for at least a short time because of the destruction Sandy wrought. That dampened spending and cut into incomes.
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How Much Income Taxes Could Rise: A Breakdown Of The Options

As political leaders try to reach a deal to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases at the year's end, income tax rates are a major sticking point. President Obama wants to raise taxes for some; Republicans don't want any hikes. But if nothing is done, rates could go up across the board.
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Why Mexico Is The World's Biggest Exporter Of Flat-Screen TVs

There's more to Mexico than drug-related violence. The country's economy is actually doing well, due in part to solid exports to the U.S.
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Fiscal Cliff Debate Moves To TV, In Ad War

Just when you thought you never had to look at another political ad, they're back — this time focused on the big debate in Washington about taxes and spending. Unions, business groups and other special interests have taken their arguments to the nation's living rooms and computer screens.
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N.Y. Fast-Food Workers Strike For Better Wages

Fast-food workers staged protests Thursday at restaurants in New York. The workers said their low wages need to be raised. But with the economy still slow, restaurant managers are determined to hold down labor costs so they can offer dollar foods.

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