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Bain, Bain, Go Away: In Defense, Romney Attacks

In flurry of rare TV interviews, Mitt Romney denied he had any role in running Bain Capital at a time when, according to reports, the company invested in firms that outsourced jobs overseas.
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What's Killing 'King Coal' In West Virginia?

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent for the month of March. While the decline is partially due to a warmer winter and stricter environmental regulations, the real culprit may be natural gas. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet. As a result, power plants are switching from coal to natural gas and mines in Appalachia are shutting down.
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The Cost Of Free Doughnuts: 70 Years Of Regret

When the Red Cross began charging soldiers for snacks during World War II, it learned a painful lesson in the economics of free stuff.
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Numbers Show Home Prices Rising

New numbers suggest that the worst of the housing crisis may now be behind us.

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How Battleground States See The Economy

The economic recovery is still tepid in most parts of the country, and there's a sense of trepidation that signs of improvement might not last. Among the swing states, some are doing comparatively well while others are struggling — but the political picture looks roughly the same in all.
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China's Economy Slows To 3-Year Low

The new figures released by the Chinese government matter to the U.S. because of the way the world economy is so interconnected. Americans import a lot from China, but have also been working to boost exports to other nations, including China.
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The European Central Bank's Guide To Influence

As heavily indebted European countries have seen their options dwindle, the ECB has flexed its muscle — and not always subtly.
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County Considers Eminent Domain As Foreclosure Fix

California's San Bernardino County says seizing troubled properties would allow those homeowners to refinance their loans. Critics say the plan, if implemented, will be bad for business and could dissuade banks from making future loans in the county.
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Global Markets Brace For China's Slowing Economy

The latest Chinese economic figures are due to be released Thursday night. Most analysts are predicting they'll show that the world's second largest economy is suffering its deepest slowdown since the global financial crisis.

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