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Low Gas Prices Expected To Continue As Crude Oil Drops To $58 A Barrel

The price of oil fell again on Friday morning. The price of West Texas Intermediate, the U..S. benchmark, dipped below $60 a barrel after news the International Energy Agency had cut its demand forecast for 2015.
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Wealth Gap Between Races Widened During Recession, Study Says

According to the Pew Research Center, white, black and Hispanic households all lost wealth during the recession, but nonwhites saw the disappearance of a much greater percentage of their net worth.
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Controversial Budget Bill Would Roll Back Dodd-Frank Provision

The House is expected to vote Thursday on a spending bill designed to avert another government shutdown. Among the controversies: a rollback of the Dodd-Frank financial market regulatory overhaul. Banks have lobbied to get rid of a provision requiring them to "push out" derivatives trading.
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Iceland Experiments With A Jubilee Of Debt Forgiveness

A jubilee is an idea that dates back to Biblical times. The idea was that every 50 years or so there would be this moment where debts would be forgiven. The jubilee has not gotten a lot of traction in the modern world, but right now, Iceland is actually trying it.
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House Poised To Vote On Controversial 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

The House narrowly moved a massive spending bill forward Thursday, setting up a potentially close final vote. The bill has been criticized for easing rules on campaign finance and banks.
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Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs — In The Right Fields

A study tracking grads from Washington state's schools found those who completed programs longer than a year had more pay and steadier work — especially in health care, technology and skilled labor.
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Stocks Are Battered As Oil Hits Another 5-Year Low

Oil prices have fallen 40 percent over the past six months. OPEC, which is holding production levels steady, said today it expected lower global demand for oil next year.
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Detroit's Bankruptcy Is Over, Michigan's Governor Says

The city's bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, will end at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder said. The city filed for bankruptcy on July 18, 2013.
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Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

Recent years were a good time to invest for beginning farmers, who run a quarter of U.S. farms. But with some crop prices crashing, paying back debts may require hard conversations and delayed dreams.
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Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders in Congress have worked out a bill that would fund the government until October 2015.

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