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Man, Dog Reunited 9 Days After Tornado Flattened Ill. Town

Jacob Montgomery's apartment was destroyed last week when a tornado ripped through Washington, Ill. The Illinois Guardsman survived, but was separated from his 6-month-old pit bull named Dexter. Nine days later, something amazing happened.
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After Thanksgiving, Americans Pursue Another Tradition — Shopping

This year many retailers were open for business on Thanksgiving Day. Spending this year is expected to be up from last year's $810 million — but not sharply.
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Fired Pizza Hut Manager Offered His Job Back

Tony Rohr was fired earlier this month for refusing to open his Elkhart, Ind., restaurant on Thanksgiving. He wanted his employees to spend the holiday with their families. The story went viral and boycotts were threatened.
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Marijuana Included In Donation To Science Class

A drug task force made a donation for students at Stewart County High School in Tennessee to use in agriculture classes. It was growing equipment they had seize. To the surprise of many, some marijuana was found among the donated items.
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Sex, Alcohol Used To Sell Health Insurance In Colorado

The ads suggest the Affordable Care Act is good for young adults because it'll save them money on health care, leaving them more to spend on liquor and birth control. (This piece initially aired Nov. 24, 2013 on Weekend Edition Sunday).
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Growing Holiday Shopping Season May Hurt Retailers' Profits

As the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season arrives earlier and earlier, the door-buster sales are beginning to cut into retailers' bottom lines. Black Friday comes at a time when some of the biggest retailers such as J.C. Penney and Sears are hurting.
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Tax Break For Mass-Transit Commutes May Soon Be Slashed

Unless Congress acts, the current monthly benefit for commuters using public transportation will be cut nearly in half starting Jan. 1. On the other hand, those who drive to work will see their benefit for parking costs rise slightly.
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Early Champions Of Bitcoin Reap Unexpected Windfall

As the government considers regulating Bitcoin, speculation has sent the digital currency's value skyward. That has meant profit for Libertarians and Free Staters in New Hampshire who started using Bitcoin in opposition to currency regulation. Would the government's acceptance of Bitcoin undermine its value to early adopters?
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College Football Winds Down Ahead Of Final BCS Championship

It's rivalry week in college football. And this weekend, there's some extra spice as games from Alabama to Florida to Michigan could have an impact on which two teams end up playing for the national championship.
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Theater Chains Upgrade To Attract Homebodies

Movie theater seats are getting more deluxe. A couple chains are installing recliners in the latest effort to give movie goers more of the comforts of home.

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