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Retailers Are Disappointed With Weak Holiday Sales

Holiday Sales rose by less than 1 percent from the year before, according to MasterCard's SpendingPulse unit. That's the slowest growth in spending since the 2008 recession. Even online sales — which posted double digit gains over the past few years — were lackluster this year.
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Firefighters Deal With Community Backlash

In the East Bay area outside of San Francisco, a community has turned against its firefighters. The Contra Costa Fire Department is set to close four firehouses after voters failed to pass a tax to keep them open. Some say they want to see changes to firefighter pensions before they give the department more money. The firefighters say they feel like they are under attack.
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2012 To Set Box Office Record

The domestic box office is expected to top $10 billion this year. After two solid years of decline, the U.S. box office enjoyed a nearly 6 percent jump.
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Who Could Be Watching You Watching Your Figure? Your Boss

Those of us trying to get in shape after overindulging this holiday season can get help from a slew of new devices that monitor steps climbed, calories burned and heart rate. But companies and venture capitalists in new startups hope to make money in a new way: by selling the data right back to the people tracking their activity — and to their employers.
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Wall Street Wiretaps: Investigators Use Insiders' Own Words To Convict Them

It was a busy year for federal authorities pursuing insider trading cases, such as the one against hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. Investigators say that success comes largely from their decision to attack insider trading the way they take down the Mafia and drug cartels — with wiretaps, informants and cooperators.
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D.C. Area Hotels Still Available For Inauguration

Snagging a hotel room for Obama's second inauguration won't be as difficult as it was in 2009.

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Is Wall Street's Love Affair With Apple Over?

From the maps debacle to blistering competition from Android in the smartphone market, it has been an unusually tough few months for Apple. The company's stock price has fallen more than 20 percent from its all-time high in September. As a new year approaches, Apple's biggest challenge will be satisfying expectations for another blockbuster product.

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