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For European Gangs, A Gem Of A Growth Industry: Jewel Heists

From spectacular smash-and-grabs to stealthy lone thieves, sophisticated crime networks have carried out a wave of high-profile jewelry heists in Western Europe this year. Experts say worldwide jewelry thefts total more than $100 million annually. With such high stakes, criminals are willing to risk jail time.
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Burberry CEO To Leave For Job At Apple

Angela Ahrendts will oversee the expansion of Apple retail and online stores. It's a newly created position for Ahrendts, who will report directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Since taking over Burberry in 2006, Ahrendts has nearly tripled revenue for the company — known for its distinctive tartan patterns.
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Is It Too Soon To Worry About Holiday Retail Sales?

The calendar says October, but retailers and economists are already analyzing the holiday shopping season. With budget battles gripping Washington and an economy that's still recovering, there are mixed feelings about how far shoppers will open their wallets.
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Art Buyers Didn't Know They Were Getting Banksy Cheap

A street vendor outside New York's Central Park sold eight prints by the mysterious British street artist who goes by the name Banksy. Some of Banksy's most recognizable works sold for just $60. Many of the pieces are estimated to be worth more than $30,000. It was part of a social experiment.
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Harvest Brings Farm Families Together, Redefines Commitment

For farm families in Nebraksa, it's all hands on deck to bring in the corn harvest. And just one year after the worst drought in half a century, 2013 could be one of the biggest corn crops ever.
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House Waits For Details On Senate Bipartisan Proposal

With the debt ceiling deadline looming just two days away, Senate leaders say they're close to a deal that would reopen the government and avert default. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been leading bipartisan talks on a way out of the deadlock. Even if a bipartisan agreement clears the Senate, it will likely be a hard sell to House Republicans.
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Columnist Doubts Parties Can Resolve Fundamental Differences

Steve Inskeep talks to Jonathan Chait, a commentator for New York magazine about how liberals are viewing the current budget negotiations in Congress, and if they might be willing to compromise on a deal.
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One Roof, Many Generations: Redefining The Single-Family Home

Homebuilders are finding there's a post-recession demand for bigger houses, and it's partly thanks to boomerang kids who can't find jobs and aging parents who can't afford to live alone anymore.
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JPMorgan To Front Customers If Federal Shutdown Drags On

JPMorgan Chase says it will cover Social Security and Welfare payments for its customers if the government goes into default or the shutdown continues. The bank would almost certainly get its money back once Congress comes to an agreement.
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A Company's Tweets Can Help Make It Creditworthy

Banks use credit scores and similar metrics to assess creditworthiness. A company called Kabbage that lends working capital to small businesses does some of that but also relies on unconventional measures, using real-time data from things like UPS shipments, eBay, Facebook and Twitter.

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