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European Central Bank Announces Euro Plan

The new plan to bolster the troubled euro currency was announced Thursday at a meeting in Frankfurt. ECB president Mario Draghi is under immense pressure to prevent the collapse of the 16-nation eurozone. The bank did not lower interest rates, as some investors hoped, but did unveil steps to ease the zone's debt crisis.
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Extreme Weather Means Extreme Food Prices Worldwide, Aid Agency Warns

As climate change brings more drought and flooding, food prices are expected to keep spiking. Such spikes affect the poor the most, but especially the poor in Africa and the Middle East, says a new Oxfam report.
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Employers Added 201,000 Jobs Last Month, Report Signals

The ADP National Employment Report has shown solid, not spectacular, job growth for two straight months. Meanwhile, another report finds a 20-month low in layoff announcements. Friday, the government issues its figures on August unemployment and jobs.
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European Central Bank Leaves Rates Unchanged; Unveils Bond-Buying Plan

Financial markets are watching the bank's steps closely as it tries to shore up the euro.
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Court: Red Soles Merit Trademark Proetection

A federal appeals court in New York has ruled the red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are entitled to trademark protection. The glossy-soled shoes have been seen on movie stars like Sarah Jessica Parker. The ruling bars competitors from using red soles.
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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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