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Wall Street Traders Get Mauled By The Rampaging Bear

Stocks all over the world plunged Friday as investors became even more nervous about China's weakness and oil's collapse. The worries triggered a broad stock sell-off and sent oil below $30 a barrel.
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Wal-Mart To Close 269 Stores, Including 154 In U.S.

Most of the American outlets on the chopping block are Wal-Mart Express stores. Those are the company's smallest-format locations. Wal-Mart also said it will open 300 new stores in the coming year.
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U.S. Stocks Fall Sharply As Oil Prices, China Spook Investors

China's slowdown and plummeting oil prices have investors spooked, and some are heading for the exits. There's concern the selloff in stocks signals tougher times ahead for the U.S. economy.
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D.C. Has A New Zoning Code. Here's How It Could Change The City's Look And Feel

After eight years, D.C. has approved changes to rules that govern how city land is used. Some say it's been a long time coming — the existing zoning code dates back to 1958, when D.C. was a vastly different place than it is today.
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For Oil Drillers And Retirement Savers, This Is Not A Good Day

Stock prices continue to fall as global investors worry about China's slowing demand. At the same time, oil prices are plunging as supplies surge. Together, it's making for a tough day in the markets.
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Goldman Sachs Will Pay $5 Billion To Settle Financial-Crisis Claims

The firm is under investigation for its marketing and sale of mortgage-backed securities. If finalized, the settlement will reduce company earnings for the last three months of 2013 by $1.5 billion.
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Medicaid Expansion, Economy Lead McAuliffe's Goals In Speech To Assembly

Republicans were receptive to several parts of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth address, but his call to expand Medicaid to 400,000 more Virginians was met with resistance.

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What The Powerball Cash Could — And Couldn't — Buy

It's a big chunk of change. You could make the next two Star Wars movies! But it's not Koch Brothers big. It's not saving-Miami-from-climate-change big. It's not buying-BuzzFeed big.
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GE Brings Things To Life In Boston; Lights Out In Connecticut

GE says it will move its headquarters from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston. The company will be getting huge tax breaks, but more than that, it will be gaining access to universities and nonstop flights.
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U.S. Markets Tumble To Lowest Levels Since September

U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday in a continuation of a recent rough patch on Wall Street. The Dow Jones and S&P 500 are down by more than 7 percent.

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