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The World's Largest Vessel Enters The Water In South Korea

Shell's new vessel is so large that if you stood it up, it would be taller than the Empire State Building. It will be anchored 300 miles off the coast of Australia to handle liquefied natural gas.
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Fast-Food Workers Cry Poverty Wages As McDonald's Buys Luxury Jet

Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.
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Ford Hopes New Mustang Will Get The World's Motor Running

The option of a smaller engine size and the car's sleeker design are two features analysts say are geared toward helping the Mustang appeal to buyers overseas.
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China Bans Bitcoin Trading By Banks

The exchange rate of Bitcoin, the digital currency whose value has sharply risen this year, took a hit following a government ban. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.
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U.S. Economy Grew At 3.6 Percent In Third Quarter; Jobless Claims Dip

U.S. real gross domestic product rose from a 2.5 percent gain in the second quarter. And the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance fell to 298,000 last week.
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Reviewers On Amazon Poke Fun At $40,000 TV

About Samsung's HD TV, one reviewer wrote, "I was going to send my kids to college but I had to do what was best for my family." Another reviewer added, glad it has "low energy costs, as I am on a very tight budget."
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Apple Gets Business Boost In China

Wireless phone carrier China Mobile has signed a deal with Apple to offer iPhones on its network. According to The Wall Street Journal, the deal would give Apple access to China Mobile's 700 million subscribers. That's about seven times more subscribers than Verizon — the largest mobile carrier in the U.S.
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Wal-Mart Brings Jobs To D.C. And Complaints Over Low Wages

Wal-Mart has opened its first two stores in Northwest Washington D.C., earning cheers from the Mayor and residents who said they'd be happy to shop in the city and not in the suburbs. But there have been months of debate over the wages the big box store pays its employees. Some activists and lawmakers say employees aren't being paid enough.
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Calif. Cold Snap Threatens Orchards

An unusually cold night in California threatens citrus growers' crops. Renee Montagne talks to Jim Churchill about measures being taken to save oranges and avocados.
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Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap

Federal regulators are cracking down on banks that are offering services called deposit advances. Many argue that the service is the same as payday loans and could lead consumers into a cycle of debt.

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