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'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Appear To Be Heating Up

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met in person again Monday to discuss a budget deal that would undo the massive tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect Jan. 1. The Republican leader has offered to increase tax rates on people who make over $1 million. The president has responded with a counteroffer.
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Hasbro Reveals Gender-Neutral Easy Bake Oven

McKenna Pope, 13, of New Jersey wanted to get an Easy Bake Oven for her little brother, but didn't want him thinking the purple and pink toy was just for girls. Forty-thousand signatures later, Hasbro has now shown McKenna a prototype of a new silver, blue and black oven. The company says the gender-neutral toy will be on shelves next summer.
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Private Equity Firm To Sell Gun Interest

Cerberus Capital owns Freedom Group, which had merged with the company that made one of the guns used in last week's shootings in Connecticut. Cerberus Capital said in a statement that it's looking to sell its stake in the gun manufacturer. The move follows pressure from the California State Teachers Retirement System among others.
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'Fiscal Cliff' Interferes With Year-End Tax Plans

David Greene talks to tax expert Mary Beth Franklin about year-end tax moves to benefit your personal balance sheet. Franklin is a tax planner and contributing editor to Investment News.
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Coverage Rapid, And Often Wrong, In Tragedy's Early Hours

Much of what Americans learned from the news media Friday about the events in Newtown was wrong. Journalists know early accounts of crisis events are often misleading and incomplete, but often are compelled to pursue them without waiting for authoritative confirmation.
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The Downsides Of Living In An Oil Boomtown

The population explosion in Williston, N.D., has been a blessing and a curse for many local businesses. Stores and restaurants are struggling to find workers because they can't compete with what most oil jobs pay. Plus, there's now a day care shortage, and housing costs have skyrocketed.

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