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Chinese Shoppers Set Record For 'Singles Day' Shopping Spree

A day meant to celebrate being single has turned in to the world's largest shopping event. But it's unlikely to catch on in the U.S.
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IRS Warns Tax Filing Deadlines And Refunds Could Be Delayed

The Internal Revenue Service has warned of tax season chaos if Congress fails to pass a series of breaks by the end of November.
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U.S. And China Move Toward Ending Tariffs On High-Tech Gear

The existing tariff system, which adds as much as 25 percent to the cost of American high-tech exports, covers more than $4 trillion in annual trade, the White House says.
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Politics And A Food Fight Are Stalling A Major U.S.-Asia Trade Deal

Supporters of expanded trade with Asian nations hoped this week would bring completion of a major deal, but U.S. and Japanese negotiators — and Obama and congressional Republicans — still don't agree.
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Study Shows Long-Term Benefits Of Welfare Program

Data from the Mothers Pension Program, launched at the turn of the 20th century, finds benefits on education, income and longevity. It's the first to document benefits over the span of a century.
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Low Gas Prices Haven't Slowed Domestic Drilling — Yet

With gas prices plunging below $3 a gallon, motorists have plenty to celebrate. But people in oil-producing states, where low prices mean fewer jobs and less government revenue, are starting to worry.
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Holiday Travelers Should Expect Packed Planes, Higher Fares

With fuel prices down, profits are up. But that doesn't mean you'll be able to find cheap airfares, especially over the holidays: The airline industry is predicting its busiest season in years.
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Bankruptcy Judge: Detroit Deal Nearly Miraculous

Even as Detroit attempts to exit municipal bankruptcy and wipe away its debt, the city still suffers widespread unemployment. Experts say it will take Detroit years to become healthy again.
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A Challenge To The New Congress: Fix Stagnant Wages

The 2014 election's over, but NPR's Linda Wertheimer says we should still be talking politics, every week. Specifically, she hopes lawmakers will come together to do something about wage stagnation.
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Liberia's 'Flags Of Convenience' Help It Stay Afloat

The weak Liberian economy has been hit by the Ebola crisis. One thing Liberia does have going for it is an unusual export — its flag. The Liberian flag is the second most popular flag flown by international cargo ships and is a huge source of revenue.

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