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No Room For Erasers, As Technology Deletes Pen Businesses

As a multitude of mobile devices dominate our work and personal lives, people are buying fewer pens, especially high-end ones. That's doomed many mom-and-pop pen shops, including a century-old New York City store that closed its doors in August. But a few stores are still holding on, relying on those who treat pens like jewelry.
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Supporters Say Minimum Wage Hike Gaining Support

As of Tuesday's election, New Jersey is the latest state to raise the minimum wage. In the past few years, 21 states, the District of Columbia and scores of cities have boosted wages above the federal minimum.
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Judge: MF Global Customers To Recover All Their Losses

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn says he's ready to approve a deal to get the firm's 26,000 former customers their money by the end of the year.
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Despite Barriers, Farm Worker Breaks Silence About Rape Case

Female farm workers are starting to speak up about the hidden price some pay to keep their jobs in the fields: enduring sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape. It can be emotionally difficult for any rape victim to press criminal charges, but for female farm workers, there are other obstacles.
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Should Anyone Be Able To Take A Job Anywhere?

Some argue that workers should be able to move more freely in a global economy. But others push back, saying an influx of labor into the richest countries would devalue workers' worth and actually hurt more in the long run. A group of experts debates for Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Administration Looks To Give Labor Unions Health Tax Relief

A likely change in obscure rules governing the Affordable Care Act could save unions a bundle. A fee that starts at $63 for each person covered by union insurance in 2014 would be waived if the administration proceeds as expected.
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Google's Barge Provokes Wild Expectations

A mysterious barge stacked with shipping containers is docked at a pier on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. It's owned by Google but Google isn't revealing the reason the barge is there. The barge has captured the imagination of people around the globe.
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Remembering Chef Charlie Trotter, Chicago Fine-Dining Visionary

Charlie Trotter was one of the country's most influential chefs. His death comes just a year after he closed his namesake restaurant in Chicago. Authorities plan to conduct an autopsy on Wednesday.
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Sprecher Slams High-Speed Electronic Exchanges

The CEO of the firm that's about to take over the New York Stock Exchange has criticized alternative market trading. Jeffrey Sprecher said equity markets, including the NYSE, allow sophisticated traders to take advantage of small investors. He added such models are destined to fail and that people outside the markets have a sense things aren't fair.
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Obama To Visit Dallas To Smooth Bumps In Health Care Sign Up

President Obama travels to Dallas on Wednesday to meet with volunteers who've been working to educate consumers about the government's new health insurance marketplace. That task has been made more difficult by persistent technical problems plaguing the website.

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