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Should Taxpayers Rebuild Sandy-Stricken Northeast?

President Obama travels to New York Thursday to get a first hand look at the continuing recovery efforts and lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy. Damage and lost economic activity from the storm have been estimated as high as $50 billion. State officials and lawmakers from the affected region say they intend to tap the federal government for as much assistance as possible.
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Hostess Brands Threatens To Liquidate

Famous for processed treats like Twinkies, Hostess Brands says it will go into liquidation if striking bakers don't return to work Thursday. Analysts say the company's most iconic brands would likely be bought by other companies.
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Mark Thompson Takes Over At New York Times Co.

This week marks the start of Mark Thompson's tenure as the new chief executive officer at the New York Times Co. It is facing financial head-winds, and is hoping Thompson can recapture some of the success he enjoyed in leading the BBC. But there's concern within the Times that its new leader has been tainted by scandals at his old employer.
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House Report Blames Corzine For MF Global's Demise

House Republicans investigating the collapse of MF Global placed responsibility for the firm's demise on former Democratic senator and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine. He was MF Global's CEO. The firm still owes its customers an estimated $1.6 billion.
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Studies Examine Effect Of Tax Increase On Wealthy

Republicans claim President Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy will cost the economy 700,000 jobs. Another study from the Congressional Budget Office puts the number of lost jobs as 200,000. But both studies also assume millions of new jobs will be created.
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Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years

All prices change. So why did the price of a Coke stay the same for decades? The answer includes a 7.5-cent coin and a company president who wanted to get a couple of lawyers out of his office.

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