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Beanie Babies Creator To Pay $53 Million For Tax Evasion

The creator of the toys that reached the zenith of their popularity in the 1990s has agreed to plead guilty to felony tax evasion, federal prosecutors say.
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Minority-Owned Banks Play A Real Role In Recovery?

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation holds its annual conference this week. Host Michel Martin talks with Representative Chakah Fattah of Pennsylvania about the foundation's new investment in minority-owned banks. Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association, also joins the conversation.
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More Old People, Fewer Workers: Nations Look To Immigration

The debate can be heard across borders. Foreign workers are now finding jobs in highly homogeneous countries such as South Korea. But in other rapidly aging countries such as Japan, policymakers are wary of allowing immigrant labor.
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No Guns Please, Starbucks Tells Customers

The coffee giant has been wrongly portrayed, it says, as being a champion of "open carry" laws. Now it's asking customers not to bring weapons to its shops.
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Walgreen's Revamps Employee Health Care Package

The pharmacy chain is expected to announce that it will provide payments to employees so they can shop around for their own insurance. That is in lieu of supplying a company-sponsored benefit plan.
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Police Impersonators Jump Line To Buy 'Grand Theft Auto V'

Three New York men were so eager to get the game; they hatched a scheme that could be one of its plots. According to the New York Post, the men pulled up to a mall in an unmarked vehicle, walked past hundreds of people in line and purchased the game. Real police pulled them over after they ran multiple stop signs trying to get away.
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Should It Take 2 Or 3 Years To Earn A Law Degree?

President Obama, a Harvard Law grad and former law professor, has suggested that students can learn all they need to take the bar exam in two years. That would save them tens of thousands of dollars. But it would also cost law schools millions of dollars in tuition revenue.
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Home Care Workers To Be Included In Wage And Overtime Law

There are about 2 million home care workers in the U.S. But currently they are not covered under minimum wage and overtime laws. That will change in January of 2015 under new regulations announced by the Obama administration.
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House Bill Would Cut $40 Billion From Food Stamp Program

After Tea Party Republicans balked at passing the traditional farm-and-food-stamp bill, House leaders split the two apart. The farm portion narrowly cleared the House in July. The food stamp part is on its way to the floor — this time with cuts twice as large as before. The $40 billion in cuts would be made over a decade.
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Florida Makes Spreading Word On Health Care Law A Challenge

The state fought hard against Obama's Affordable Care Act. Now Gov. Rick Scott's administration is questioning the use of federally funded navigators to enroll residents in health care exchanges.

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