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Tough Austerity Plan Incites Spanish Protesters

Tens of thousands of Spaniards staged angry protests this week against new cutbacks that represent the biggest single dose of austerity in Spain's democratic history. Public employees will suffer pay cuts as part of a nearly $80 billion package of cuts and tax hikes. New austerity measures are the conditions attached to a European bailout for Spanish banks.
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Founder Of Famed Soul Food Restaurant Dies

Sylvia Woods founded the famed Harlem soul food restaurant that carries her name in 1962. She died Thursday — the same day New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was to celebrate her legacy. Woods was 86.
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GM Retirees Face Crucial Pension Deadline

More than 40,000 GM retirees must decide by 5 p.m. Friday whether to take a buyout of their pensions. If they don't, responsibility for their pensions shifts to a private company. Financial planners have been working overtime to try to help people make a decision.
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Ford Recalls Some 2013 Escapes

A problem with a fuel line could lead to an engine fire, the company warned. The recall affects 2013 Escape models with 1.6-liter engines. Ford will deliver a loaner vehicle to owners and take the Escapes to its dealers for repair
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As Drought Kills Corn, Farmers Fight Over Ethanol

Livestock and chicken farmers say the government's ethanol policy inflates fuel prices and forces them to compete with fuel companies for corn the fuel companies don't even want. This year, gas companies are required to buy 13 billion gallons of ethanol.
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High-Tech Shortcut To Greek Yogurt Leaves Purists Fuming

Greek yogurt sales are booming in the U.S., and some companies are turning to new technology to get in on it. But some Greek yogurt purists who compete with those companies for market share say the products are not the same.

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