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Talks Resume In Nation Hockey League Dispute

The two sides in the National Hockey League labor dispute plan to meet again Wednesday, following an estimated 10 hours of talks Tuesday. It's day 81 of the owner lockout of players. Games are canceled through Dec. 14. The time is approaching when no deal will mean cancelling the entire season.
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Is A Recess Appointment Valid If The Senate Says It's Not Really Gone?

President Obama and Senate Republicans have different views when it comes to what counts as "recess." A federal appeals court is now weighing the question in a case challenging three of Obama's appointments.
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When The Art Of The Deal Includes Improv Training

Some top-tier business schools — Duke, UCLA, MIT and Stanford — are teaching improv as a way for students to increase collaboration, creativity and risk taking. An instructor at MIT says success in business, as in improvisation, can hinge on your ability to rebound.
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Vets Flock To Colleges ... But How Are They Doing?

The new GI Bill has helped send a large number of veterans to college in a short span of time. But many face special challenges, and there's no real data yet on how they are performing in school.
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More Large Retailers Ease Customers' Path To Credit

Faced with customers who can't use banks, or want to avoid them altogether, big-box stores like Costco and Wal-Mart are offering access to everything from insurance policies to home mortgages.
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Pot's Legal In Washington State, But Don't Drive High

Last month's ballot initiative that legalized marijuana contained a deal-sweetener for hesitant voters — a new DUI standard that may make life riskier for regular pot users. Regular users of medical marijuana say they'll be stuck on the wrong side of the law.
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Social Security's COLA At Stake In 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks?

The Republican plan to avert the "fiscal cliff" includes a proposal that would change the way inflation is calculated. The change could result in savings of billions, but its getting pushback from Democrats and groups like AARP.
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Menards Can't Hire Enough Hands In Booming N.D.

The home-improvement retailer Menards is having such a hard time finding workers for its store in Minot, N.D., that it is importing them from Wisconsin. The area around Minot is experiencing an oil boom and a population boom with more jobs than takers. So to help fill the open positions at Menards, the company is looking to hire 50 workers from the company's headquarters in Eau Claire, Wisc., to work in Minot. Melissa Block speaks with Dan Feldner of the Minot Daily News about the story.
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AAA Calls To Suspend Sale Of New Ethanol Fuel

Most Americans have never heard of the fuel E15 — and that could be part of the problem. The auto club says drivers unfamiliar with E15 could fill up with the gasoline accidentally and damage some vehicles. Ethanol producers and the renewable fuels lobby say that's nonsense.

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