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Yellen Nomination To Fed Clears Hurdle; Confirmation Likely

Janet Yellen would be the first woman to head the central bank. On Friday, the Senate voted to head off any potential filibuster of her nomination. A confirmation vote is scheduled for Jan. 6.
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They're Back! Chesapeake Oysters Return To Menus After Rebound

The Chesapeake Bay once supplied most of the nation's oysters, but overharvesting and disease nearly wiped them out. Now, major public-private efforts to re-establish the oyster as a quality local food product appear to be working. And chefs say the results are sweeter than oysters from other waters.
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U.S. Economy's 3rd-Quarter Growth Beats Projections

The economy grew by 4.1 percent in the third quarter of the year, significantly higher than the earlier projection of 3.6 percent. The upward revision comes mostly thanks to stronger consumer spending, and it's the strongest showing in almost two years.
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Economy Looks Better, At Least In Rearview Mirror

Growth was stronger than thought in the third quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. It now estimates that gross domestic product grew at a 4.1 percent annual rate. That's the best pace since late 2011.
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Health Care Rules Relaxed Again, 'Backlash' Follows

After the Obama administration announced that Americans who recently had their health insurance canceled can buy "catastrophic policies," the insurance industry said the change will cause more confusion.
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Shop On The Web Or In The Store; Each Has Risks

Some consumers are wary of making online purchases, fearing hackers would steal their credit card information. But as the security breach potentially involving 40 million payment cards at Target shows, even in-store transactions are vulnerable to high-tech thieves.
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Administration Offers A Stopgap Health Insurance Option

Millions of Americans facing canceled health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act will no longer be fined for being uninsured in the new year. Instead, they can enroll in basic coverage — previously available only to those with a hardship exemption.
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Hershey Buys Chinese Chocolate Company For $584 Million

The candy company based in Hershey, Pa., bought Shanghai Golden Monkey on Thursday. Hershey may hold the largest share of the U.S. chocolate market, but only a small share of candy sales overseas.
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More Retail Chains Cater To Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

Santa's elves will be working overtime starting Friday. Stores like Toys R US and Kohl's are hoping to capitalize on last-minute shoppers, and those who like to avoid the crowds by staying open 24/7.
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Deep Dish Or Thin Crust? Even Chicagoans Can't Agree

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart recently ranted against a culinary signature of Chicago: "Deep dish pizza is not only not better than New York pizza — it's not pizza," said Stewart, calling it "tomato soup in a bread bowl." Some Chicagoans protested. Others turned to their thin-crust pie, and took another bite.

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