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More Problems Aboard Carnival Cruise Ships

Passengers stranded in St. Maarten aboard the Carnival Dream are to be flown home, while Carnival Legend limps back to Tampa after a "technical issue" in one of its propulsion units.
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Gasoline Pushed Consumer Prices Up Sharply In February

Prices rose overall by 0.7 percent. The major factor: a 9.1 percent surge in gasoline. Since February, though, gas prices have retreated. So economists do not think the latest report changes the inflation picture.
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Book News: Geithner Writing 'Behind The Scenes' Story Of The Financial Crisis

Also: Tan Twan Eng wins the Man Asian prize; Aaron Swartz posthumously honored by the American Library Association; Sheryl Sandberg on Madeleine L'Engle.
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A Surprisingly Uncontroversial Program That Gives Money To Poor People

The Earned Income Tax Credit has been embraced by every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama.
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'Bankers' New Clothes' Leave Too Little Skin In The Game

Anat Admati, finance professor at Stanford and co-author of a new book on American banks, argues that banks carry too much debt and have too little equity. Government support allows them to hide their risky behavior, distorting the economy as a whole, she says.
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Could Tapping Undersea Methane Lead To A New Gas Boom?

A giant reservoir of natural gas lies under the ocean floor, and no one had successfully extracted it until this week. Japanese engineers pulled it up through a well from under the Pacific. But there are still lots of unanswered questions about the viability of this new gas supply.
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Angry Birds TV, Coming To A Mobile Screen Near You

The wildly popular game has been downloaded 1.7 billion times. Now, the company that brings these birds — and the pigs they love to hate — to your phone is launching an animated series, which will be distributed via television and app.

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