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The U.S. Is Borrowing Less From China, More From Everybody Else

The U.S. government may soon owe more money to Japan than it owes to China. Here's what that means for the U.S., China, and the rest of the world.
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Working On Thanksgiving?: Reasons To Be Grateful

The line between Black Friday and Thanksgiving gets blurrier every year. This year, employees and consumers are circulating petitions protesting retailers' plans to open on Thanksgiving. Journalist Lewis Turner says he's worked on eight of the last ten turkey days, and it's not all bad.
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Good Signs: Home Sales Are Up; Builders' Confidence Is Also Higher

Sales of existing homes rose again in October. Meanwhile, home builders are the most confident they've been in more than six years. Taken together, the reports are the latest signs that the housing sector is on the mend.
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Visa Card Worth Its Weight In Gold

For those who want to buy bling with bling, a bank in Kazakhastan plans to offer a Visa card made of gold plus a couple of dozen diamonds and mother of pearl. It will require $100,000 upfront, and an annual fee of $2,000 — but there are no late frees and you get a free iPhone.
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BP Legal Troubles Persist Over Gulf Spill

The record breaking criminal guilty plea by BP by no means marks the end of the oil company's legal troubles. BP still faces a civil trial in February over its environmental responsibilities from the Gulf oil spill. Last week it pleaded guilty to felony manslaughter in the deaths of 11 rig workers.
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Hostess Brands To Begin Selling Its Assets

Hostess Brands will start selling off its assets in a bankruptcy court in New York Monday. That prospect has struck fear in the hearts of lovers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos. Sensing a possible shortage, some hopeful entrepreneurs took to eBay offering up many Hostess items at some exorbitant prices.
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Americans Run Up More Credit Card Debt

The average American had almost $5,000 of credit card debt in the third quarter of 2012, up almost 5 percent over the previous quarter. Industry analysts say the increase is partly seasonal, people spending more ahead of the holidays. But they also say it could reflect growing consumer confidence, which has been on the rise since July as job numbers have gradually improved nationwide.

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