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Southwest Airlines Lags In On-Time Arrivals

Southwest Airlines finished last in on-time arrivals in October — the last month for which statistics are available. According to the Department of Transportation, Southwest's on-time arrival rate was 78.8 percent. It was the second month in a row the airline came in at the back of the pack.
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Chinese Military Uncovers Secret Tunnel

The underground passageway goes from the city of Shenzhen to Hong Kong. It's outfitted with concrete walls, interior lighting and rail tracks, presumably intended to transport goods. Chinese authorities believe a gang intended to use the tunnel to smuggle cell phones and other electronics to Hong Kong — which has lower tariffs than the mainland.
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Drug Stores Rx For Profits: Offer More Than Prescriptions

Earnings are skyrocketing at drug stores — Walgreens alone saw its earnings grow nearly 70 percent in the last quarter. Drug stores no longer handle just prescriptions and selected sundries. Big chains now compete with grocery stores and sandwich shops. Consumers are also shopping there for holiday gifts.
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More People Have More To Eat, But It's Not All Good News

In 1965, a majority of the world survived on less than 2,000 calories a day per person. Now, 61 percent of people worldwide have access to 2,500 or more calories each day.
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Rising Home Prices Are Good News For Owners But For Buyers

Home prices are expected to have risen by about 13 percent this year. And it's a good news-bad news kind of story, depending on which side of home ownership you're on.
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NAFTA Opened Continent For Some Canadian Companies

A generation after Mexico, Canada and the United States signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, cross-border business is flowing. Some Canadians were fearful of their southern neighbors, but Bombardier Aerospace, with plants now in the U.S. and Mexico, illustrates one way NAFTA changed business.
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Some UPS Deliveries Are Running Behind

UPS acknowledged Tuesday that some packages guaranteed for Christmas Eve delivery did not arrive at their destinations. The world's largest parcel delivery service was overwhelmed by the volume of air packages.
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U.S. Economy Forecast To Do Better In 2014

The global economy is expected to grow modestly next year. Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS Global Insight about his economic forecast for the year ahead.
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AmEx Settles With Feds Over Add-On Products

American Express has agreed to pay a $16 million fine and issue nearly $60 million in customer refunds. The settlement with the federal government involves allegations that AmEx misrepresented the value of add-on services, such as identity theft protection.
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Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?

As the city tries to emerge from bankruptcy, the artwork in the Detroit Institute of Arts — a collection appraised at more than $850 million — might wind up on the auction block. But a federal judge mediating Detroit's bankruptcy has a plan that just might keep the art in the city — and reduce cuts to retirees' pensions.

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