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What's Killing 'King Coal' In West Virginia?

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent for the month of March. While the decline is partially due to a warmer winter and stricter environmental regulations, the real culprit may be natural gas. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet. As a result, power plants are switching from coal to natural gas and mines in Appalachia are shutting down.
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JPMorgan's Growing Loss Shakes Investor Faith

Traders who made calamitous bets on corporate debt have cost JPMorgan Chase nearly $6 billion so far. The bank announced the losses on Friday but said the firm still managed to earn $5 billion in the second quarter. But the impact of the trading loss goes far beyond the bottom line.
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The Cost Of Free Doughnuts: 70 Years Of Regret

When the Red Cross began charging soldiers for snacks during World War II, it learned a painful lesson in the economics of free stuff.
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Apple Rejoins Green Product Registry After Criticism

Apple announced Friday that it is rejoining a widely-used registry of environmentally-friendly electronic devices called EPEAT. That's after pulling out of the registry just last week. The company had come under harsh criticism from those who said the company was turning its back on its green environmental image. Melissa Block speaks with Wendy Kaufman about Apple's decision.
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How Battleground States See The Economy

The economic recovery is still tepid in most parts of the country, and there's a sense of trepidation that signs of improvement might not last. Among the swing states, some are doing comparatively well while others are struggling — but the political picture looks roughly the same in all.
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JPMorgan: Trading Loss Grows To $4.4 Billion

JPMorgan Earned $5 billion in the second quarter even after the company had a $4.4 billion trading loss. Bank CEO Jamie Dimon says "all of our client-driven businesses had solid performance" and that "we have put most of this problem behind us."
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JPMorgan Earned $5B In Second Quarter Even After $4.4B Trading Loss

Bank CEO Jamie Dimon says "all of our client-driven businesses had solid performance" and that "we have put most of this problem behind us."

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