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Why The Fed Decided Not To Change Course

Gas prices are down sharply. Grocery costs haven't budged lately. Meanwhile, the housing recovery is slowing. Amid evidence of continued sluggishness in the economy, the Federal Reserve says it's not ready yet to end its easy-money policy.
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For Now, Fed Will Stand Firm On Bond Buying

The Federal Reserve says it needs more evidence of a sustained recovery before halting or tapering off its bond-buying program.
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To Keep Your Attention, Airline Safety Videos Up Their Game

Airlines know well that frequent fliers tune out the familiar in-flight safety messages. These new efforts to present funny-yet-informative safety videos are getting some well-deserved attention.
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Report: NSA Has Broken Into Google And Yahoo Data Centers

Documents obtained from NSA leaker Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials reveal the program, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
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Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads

As the 29 lawmakers on the bipartisan budget conference committee begin discussions, they'll be led by two negotiators who seem to get along well despite many differences.
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Job Growth Slowed Further In October, Survey Signals

Just 130,000 jobs were added to private payrolls this month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. In addition, the September gain was revised down.
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Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Play The Print Card Against Amazon

When Amazon revamped its publishing wing, a lot of booksellers said enough is enough: They refused to stock Amazon Publishing's books, and Barnes & Noble followed suit. Now, with the departure of a star talent and some book releases that fell flat, many say Amazon Publishing may in trouble.
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Hotel Construction Booms Across U.S.

Hotels are finally having a good year. As the economy has slowly improved, more people are traveling. But more heads on pillows means higher prices — especially since new hotel construction has been on hold for years. Now developers are pushing hotel projects across the country.
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Community Supported Canning Gets Locavores Through Winter

Farmers and small processors are marketing local canned and dry goods under the CSA model. They call small batch food processing "back-breaking work." But many of them are in it to build their local food economy.
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3 Charts (And A Few Words) On The Rise Of Electric Bikes

Bicycle sales held steady over a six-year period in the European Union, but sales of electric bikes soared. In places like the Netherlands, electric bikes are already the most important sales segment. Overall sales are still low, but their popularity is growing around the world.

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