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Gaggle Of New Gadgets Wow Tech Lovers

It's a mobile gadget lover's dream week. Nokia, Microsoft and Google's Motorola introduce new smartphones. Amazon will show off a new Kindle. And all these companies are positioning themselves in advance of Apple's new iPhone 5, which comes out next week.
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More Ships Are Loaded With Goods For U.S. Retailers

Shipping companies report the volume of container shipments from Asia to the United States is rising. So are their rates. The world's largest freight line says thanks to high demand; it's boosting its trans-Pacific price by $500 per 40-foot container.
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European Central Bank Meets On Interest Rates

Investors around the world will be watching nervously to see what the head of the bank says about interest rates. Mario Draghi was recently quoted as saying he would do whatever it takes to keep Europe's debt crisis from growing. And that could mean using central bank resources to help lower the cost of borrowing from some of Europe's weaker economies.
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L.A.'s Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries Halted For Now

Thursday was supposed to mark the end of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. But a petition drive and legal challenges have stymied the city in its effort to shut down the hundreds of pot shops within its borders.
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Democratic Convention Draws Troubled Homeowners

As Democrats gather for their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., troubled homeowners have also converged on the city. They have come to voice their dissatisfaction with how the Obama administration and the nation's big banks have handled the foreclosure crisis.
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Journalist Evaluates Obama, Romney Economic Plans

New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt compares Obama's and Romney's tax plans, Medicare plans and conflicting claims on whether Americans are better off now than four years ago. "I think it's fair to say the typical American household isn't better off, but the country is," he tells Fresh Air.
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Insurer's Files Show Big Cost Differences For Same Illnesses

Some of the cost variations from a UnitedHealthcare database are startling. For treating a basic asthma episode, cases in the 10th percentile of distribution cost $98 each while those in the 90th percentile the cost was $1,535 per case.
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2 McDonald's Restaurants In India To Go Vegetarian

One of those vegetarian-only outlets will be in the city of Amritsar, home to the Golden Temple, the holiest site for India's Sikh religion. The other will be near a Hindu mountain shrine.

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