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Anxious St. Louis Businesses Want Shutdown To End

The partial government shutdown is now in its eighth day, and experts say the closure could be siphoning as much as $300 million out of the economy every day. St. Louis is home to around 25,000 federal workers, and just like in other cities across the country, many of those workers are wondering when they'll get back to work.
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Theorists Compare Government Shutdown To A Not-So-Fun Game

Who blinks first or games of "chicken" have certain characteristics, game theorists have long observed. Morning Edition explores these ideas in the context of the government shutdown and looming debt default.
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Job Cuts In The Works At Alcatel-Lucent

The French and American telecommunications manufacturer has confirmed it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide. A company statement said 2,100 of those cuts will be from its operations in North and South America. Alcatel-Lucent has about 72,000 employees and has been losing money for years.
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Measure To Fix 'Pint-Size' Problem In Michigan

A bill introduced in Michigan would require pints of beer to be actual pints of beer — that is a full 16 ounces. Lawmakers there have been crying in their beers saying that many bars sell beer by the pint, even though the glasses hold only 12 to 14 ounces.
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Jury Selection To Begin For Trial Of Madoff Employees

Almost five years after Bernie Madoff was arrested for fraud, some of his former employees are about to go on trial in New York. The case is expected to focus on how much the employees knew about Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
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Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil

Both the U.S. government and BP have estimates on just how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The problem: They reached two different numbers. At stake is up to $18 billion in fines and penalties under federal environmental laws.
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Pyramid Schemes: If It Looks Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is

When Darrin Moret was asked to participate in a business venture that promised him easy money, it seemed like a good deal. But he didn't know was it was a pyramid scheme until it was too late. Host Michel Martin speaks with Moret, and consumer affairs columnist Sheryl Harris of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.
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All About The Benjamins: U.S. Introduces New $100 Note

The note is intended to foil counterfeiters, but experts say that's very complicated. One big problem? Regular people have no incentive to turn over fake currency.
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In A Debt Crisis, U.S. May Have To Decide Payment Priorities

If Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. Treasury will be unable to pay creditors and the U.S. will be in default. Some argue Treasury could continue making "priority payments" designed to protect the nation's credit rating. Others say that could undermine the confidence in the U.S. to meet its obligations.
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Japanese Airlines Makes Deal To Buy Airbus Planes

Japanese Airlines announced Monday it would buy Airbus planes in a deal that could be worth up to $9.5 billion dollars. It's a blow for U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

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