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The GOP Elixir: Candidates Campaign On Tax Cuts

All four of the remaining Republican presidential candidates have proposed cutting business and personal income taxes — the only difference is by how much.
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Protesters At Apple Stores Demand 'Ethical' Products

The protesters delivered a petition with 250,000 signatures at six stores worldwide.
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The Mortgage Deal: A Reality Check

The $26 billion settlement reached by the federal government, most states and the nation's largest banks to compensate homeowners for abusive foreclosure practices is unlikely to end the housing crisis, analysts say. It could also lead to a new round of foreclosures, which would drive prices even lower.
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Foreclosure Deal To Help Underwater Homeowners

Government officials have worked out a deal with the nation's five big banks to settle state and federal investigations of alleged foreclosure abuses. Banks would have to pay $5 billion in cash and another $20 billion in loan modifications under the terms of the deal.
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PepsiCo Says It Will Cut 8,700 Jobs Worldwide

The announcement comes as the company announced a fourth-quarter income of $1.4 billion.
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House Passes Bill That Would Ban Insider Trading By Lawmakers

The House on Thursday passed a bill that would ban congressional insider trading. With congressional approval at all-time lows, the bill was widely seen by lawmakers as a small step in restoring public confidence. But differences remain to be worked out with a Senate measure, passed last week.
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Settlement Reached With Banks On Relief For Some Homeowners

Officials have been pressing five banks to offer mortgage relief and some financial aid to homeowners who got crushed when the housing bubble burst or were caught up in the "robo-signing" scandal that sped up the foreclosure process.
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Swiss Bank UBS To Take Back Some Bonuses

A trading scandal last year cost UBS more than $2 billion and pushed it into the red. The bank plans to take back some of that money, according to The Wall Street Journal. UBS's board of directors decided to take back half of stock-based bonuses awarded last year, if the bonuses exceeded $2 million.

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