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The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

The nation's largest retailer is known for sprawling suburban and rural stores. Now Wal-Mart is moving into city centers — sometimes despite strong local opposition.
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Greece Cracks Down On Longtime Tax Evasion Problem

Greeks don't trust their own state to give them good services, so for decades they have evaded taxes.
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Dozens Of Countries Join China-Backed Bank Opposed By Washington

Some of Washington's closest allies have signed on to a new Asian development bank. The U.S. opposes the bank in part because it presents a challenge to American influence in the Asia region.
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With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.
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Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

For a decade, Venezuela sold oil at subsidized payment rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela's economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.
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Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes.
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With So Much Oil Flowing, U.S. May Be Reaching Storage Limits

Amid record production, some analysts worry the U.S. will run out of places to put it all. One says lack of storage space could drive oil down to about $20 a barrel, less than half the current price.
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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.
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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.
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Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

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