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Wal-Mart Positions Itself Ahead Of Holiday Shopping

Wal-Mart is thriving despite the shaky economy, protests from union supporters and allegations of bribery at its Mexican unit. The company's stock price hit an all-time high Wednesday, and holiday layaway sales are off to a sizzling start. It's also introducing a low-cost, pre-paid debit card.
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Mich. Voters To Decide Renewable Energy Mandate

In Michigan, voters will decide whether to force the state's utilities get at least 25 percent of their annual retail sales from renewable sources by 2025. There have been many competing claims about costs, jobs and spinoff issues.
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Meningitis Scandal Linked To Compounding Pharmacy

A Meningitis outbreak occurred after a steroid drug commonly injected into people's spines to relieve back pain was apparently contaminated by an ordinary fungus. The problem shines a light on little-known and lightly regulated companies called compounding pharmacies.
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You, Too, Can Print Your Own Guitar

Industrial engineer Scott Summit dreamed of being a rock star. That didn't happen, but he did make an acoustic guitar out of nylon powder.
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Counterfeit Airbags Pose Surprise Hazard To Motorists

The federal government is going to warn consumers of a small but dangerous chance of counterfeit airbags. These were sold during the past three years and would have been installed at independent auto repair shops.
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Wells Fargo Sued Over Bad Mortgage Investements

The U.S. Attorney's office in New York alleges the bank approved hundreds of millions of dollars in bad housing loans during the 10-year period leading up to the financial crisis. Wells Fargo insists it complied with all federal regulations and it said it would vigorously contest the charges.

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