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Chick-fil-A Welcome In Chicago, Alderman Says, After Renewed Pledge Of Respect

Statements issued by the company today are nearly identical to an earlier one it made. But a Chicago lawmaker says he has gotten the fast-food chain to state it is company policy not to discriminate against anyone because of sexual orientation.
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McRib Fans May Have To Wait Till Christmas For Their Sandwich Fix

Fans complain as McDonald's delays this year's pork-a-licious McRib sandwich to boost an anticipated slump in winter sales. The sandwich is a food engineering marvel of pork trimmings pressed into a boneless rib shape, topped with pickles and barbecue sauce, sandwiched on a bun.
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Update: Existing Home Sales And Housing Starts Both Rose In August

Each month this year, builders have been starting work on many more homes than were being built after the housing bubble burst in 2008. Meanwhile, sales and prices of previously owned homes continue to rise.
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MOMA To Display Munch's 'The Scream'

The most expensive work of art ever sold at auction is going on public display at New York's Museum of Modern Art. For six months starting in late October, museum-goers can stare into the abyss suggested by Munch's iconic image of a screaming man beneath a swirling orange sky.
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Saudi Arabia Offers More Oil To Its Major Customers

The Financial Times reports the Saudis may be responding to a request by G7 finance ministers. The move would likely push gas prices down and help stimulate economic growth. The average gas price at U.S. pumps rose to $3.88 last week — the highest ever for the month of September.
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Do Scores Go Up When Teachers Return Bonuses?

How do you turn average teachers into great teachers? One unusual field experiment suggests the answer may lie in giving bonuses to teachers upfront — with a catch: They have to give back the money if student performance doesn't improve.
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Alpha Closing 8 Coal Mines, Eliminating 1,200 Jobs

Facing competition from cheap natural gas, coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said it's cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide. The cuts include 400 jobs with the immediate closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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