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Capital One Settles Over Vendors' Missteps

Capital One Bank will pay $210 million to settle federal charges that it tricked credit card customers into buying costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. The case is the first enforcement action from the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Is American Stalling On A Merger With US Airways?

It's been reported that the CEO and his management team stand to make millions if they stall the merger long enough.
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Local Businesses Boxed Out Of Prime Real Estate

Local businesses in D.C. face many challenges, but one of the biggest is finding and securing prime downtown real estate — which many landlords effectively hold off-limits to all but large national chains.

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A Look Back At MSNBC's Heady Early Days

Commentator Andrei Codrescu takes note of Microsoft and NBC parting ways at MSNBC. He was at the Microsoft campus when things were going the other way in 1995. Back then, Microsoft thought it was going to be the next big thing in entertainment.
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Rethinking Prosperity: Ideas For 'Fixing The Future'

In the documentary Fixing the Future, reporter David Brancaccio travels across the country following people who are working to reinvent the U.S. economy. Through innovative approaches to job creation and wealth, Americans are rethinking how we measure prosperity.
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Housing Starts Hit Four-Year High; Bernanke Heads Back To Capitol Hill

At an annual rate of 760,000, ground-breaking for construction of single-family homes, apartments and condominiums the pace rose 6.9 percent in June from May
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Could The Health Law End Up Back In Court? Opponents Think So

Some conservative scholars think they may have discovered a flaw that could send the law back to court, or at least cause some big problems for its implementation.
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Politics Likely Hinders San Bernardino's Economy

The city of San Bernardino, Calif., is expected to declare a fiscal emergency, and officially file for bankruptcy on Wednesday. The declaration would be the third by a California city in recent weeks. Some analysts believe San Bernardino's problems may be more about its dysfunctional local politics.
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For Olympic Committee, Marketing Is No Game

Corporations pay a lot of money to be official Olympic sponsors, so there are strict rules about who can and can't use the games to promote their products — rules the Olympic Committee isn't shy about enforcing. Just ask a group of knitters who recently got a cease and desist letter from the USOC.

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