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Saudi Arabia Offers More Oil To Its Major Customers

The Financial Times reports the Saudis may be responding to a request by G7 finance ministers. The move would likely push gas prices down and help stimulate economic growth. The average gas price at U.S. pumps rose to $3.88 last week — the highest ever for the month of September.
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Do Scores Go Up When Teachers Return Bonuses?

How do you turn average teachers into great teachers? One unusual field experiment suggests the answer may lie in giving bonuses to teachers upfront — with a catch: They have to give back the money if student performance doesn't improve.
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Alpha Closing 8 Coal Mines, Eliminating 1,200 Jobs

Facing competition from cheap natural gas, coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said it's cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide. The cuts include 400 jobs with the immediate closing of eight mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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Why Some Are Exempt From Federal Income Taxes

One thing all parties seem to agree on in this latest campaign controversy is that the proportion of households not paying any federal income taxes has indeed grown larger in recent years. One key factor has been a federal subsidy for low-wage workers known as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
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So What Happens If The Farm Bill Expires? Not Much, Right Away

The farm bill is likely to be left on the table when Congress leaves for recess, but don't panic. The nutrition and commodity programs will likely be extended after Election Day at current funding levels for a while, if the last session is any guide.
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With Hats And Umbrellas, Senegalese Fill A City Niche

In many cities around the world, certain ethnic groups are often associated with particular occupations. Cheikh Fall, like many other Senegalese immigrants in New York, makes his living as a street vendor. He lives by the motto, "Work like you're never gonna die, and worship like you will die tomorrow."
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Dr Pepper's Evolution Ad Strikes A Nerve With Some Christians

Some creationists are taking offense at Dr. Pepper's new take on a famous 1965 evolutionary drawing called "March of Progress." And the outrage and "counteroutrage" are spreading across social media.
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Can Anyone Compete With Apple?

Demand for Apple's iPhone 5 is expected to be so big that one economist predicted sales could boost the U.S. economy 1/2 percent. And Apple's going to court to shut down what it sees as copycats. Slate columnist Farhad Manjoo talks about who's competing with Apple, and whether it's working.

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