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Chicago Pits Quieter, But Traders' Outcries Linger

Thirty years ago, shouting, sweating traders thronged the trading pits of Chicago's exchange markets in barely controlled chaos. Today, a lot of the trading has left the pits and gone electronic, leaving Chicago's trading pits tamer places.
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Americans In China Feel Pinch Of Shifting Economies

In recent years, China's status — like its economy — has continued to rise as the economies in America and Europe have struggled. That shift isn't just reflected in economic numbers, and some American business people in China say they don't feel as respected or as valued as before.
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IMF's Lagarde: Uncertainty Slows Global Recovery

The risks to the global economy from trouble in Europe have diminished somewhat in recent weeks, according to Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. But she says the dangers from the so-called "fiscal cliff" in the U.S. have increased.
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Crowd Funding For Musicians Isn't The Future; It's The Present

Musicians have to spend money and a lot of time to hit their crowd-funding goals, so failure is expensive. But for some people, at specific moments in their careers, crowd funding can be a piece of the puzzle.
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Discover To Refund $200 Million To Customers

Discover has agreed to refund customers over claims it engaged in deceptive marketing practices over the phone. The company allegedly got customers to unwittingly pay for add-on services they never ordered. Discover says it's not admitting any wrongdoing with this agreement.
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Lawsuit Claims Pork Producers Council Scammed $60 Million From Farmers

The Humane Society is accusing the Pork Producers Council of financing its lobbying efforts through a questionable sale of the slogan,"The Other White Meat." The lawsuit shines a spotlight on the odd and controversial world of agriculture "checkoff" programs.

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