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Given A Second Chance, Convicted Currency Trader Helps Others

Former currency trader John Rusnak committed one of the largest bank frauds in history. He racked up nine-figure losses at Baltimore's Allfirst Bank before he got caught and was sent to prison. Five years later, Rusnak was back on the outside franchising a chain of dry cleaners and hiring people who'd also made big mistakes.
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A Bet, Five Metals And The Future Of The Planet

Decades ago, amid fears of rapid population growth, a biologist and an economist made a bet about how many people the planet could sustain. Global population is now estimated to top 7.1 billion. So who won the famous bet?
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Why The Cod On Cape Cod Now Comes From Iceland

Order cod in a restaurant on Cape Cod, and you might assume you're buying local. But the fish that gave the Cape its name are now so depleted that restaurants are serving cod imported from Iceland. Some activists think it's time America developed a taste for the less popular fish still present in the waters off the Cape.
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Fiat Pays $4.3 Billion To Get Complete Control Of Chrysler

The Italian automaker already held a majority share of the Detroit automaker that produces Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles.
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Colorado's Turning Over A New Leaf: Recreational Pot

As of Wednesday, licensed stores in Colorado can sell recreational marijuana, making it the first state to control and regulate a legal recreational marijuana industry.
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Most Economists Say Happy New Year — Really

Annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer for 2014: Jobs will come back, stock prices will keep heading higher, and consumer spending will continue to improve, economists predict.
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Derailing Revives Calls To Change How Trains Haul Crude Oil

A fiery oil train crash in North Dakota is once again raising questions about the safety of transporting oil by rail. With an oil drilling boom underway, companies are using rail cars to transport a lot more crude out of North Dakota. Regulators are considering new requirements to make sure tanker cars and the rails they travel on are safe.
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Hewlett-Packard To Cut More Jobs

In a securities filing, the maker of computers and printers confirmed that it will cut 5,000 more jobs this year than it originally estimated. That would bring to 34,000 the number of jobs the company is planning to cut worldwide by October.
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Home Prices Mark Biggest Gains Since 2006

The latest numbers on home prices show strong gains across the country. The housing market recovery kicked into high gear during the first half of 2013 due in part to interest rates that were at a record low.
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Las Vegas Company Offers Fix To Hangover

Hangover Heaven is offering much needed relief to midnight revelers in Las Vegas with house calls and a walk-in clinic. The package called Redemption will cost $99.

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