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'Homesick Hijacker' To Appear In Miami Courtroom

Nearly 30 years ago, William Potts hijacked a plane to Cuba. He is scheduled to be in court in Miami on Thursday. It's the first time he's been in the U.S. for nearly three decades.
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Most Remaining Blockbusters To Close In January

Blockbuster is going to shut all of its company-owned stores. Some franchise stores will stay open. At its peak, the video rental chain had about 9,000 stores.
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After 100 Years, Search Goes On For 2 Sunken Ships

Thursday marks the 100th anniversary of a storm that ravaged the Great Lakes. Referred to as the "White Hurricane," the storm raged for four days — destroying 19 ships and killing 250 sailors. Eight of the wrecks were on Michigan's Lake Huron. Two ships have never been found, but the search continues.
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How The Affordable Care Act Pays For Insurance Subsidies

The health care law is helping low- and middle-income Americans pay for their insurance. Where does that money come from? In part, it is a matter of the well-off helping pay for those who have less. But that's not the full answer.
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No Room For Erasers, As Technology Deletes Pen Businesses

As a multitude of mobile devices dominate our work and personal lives, people are buying fewer pens, especially high-end ones. That's doomed many mom-and-pop pen shops, including a century-old New York City store that closed its doors in August. But a few stores are still holding on, relying on those who treat pens like jewelry.
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Why Obama Shouldn't Worry About His Lousy Poll Numbers

It seems obvious to say that a high approval rating helps a president, while a low approval rating hurts him. But there are reasons to think Obama's weak standing in the polls isn't as troublesome as it sounds.
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To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time

In 2001, Portland, Ore., was the first to develop a new kind of streetcar system. Success there led to a resurgence, with at least two dozen cities planning, building or expanding trolley lines — places like Atlanta, St. Louis and Tucson, Ariz. But some wonder whether it's the best way to spend limited transit dollars.
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Supporters Say Minimum Wage Hike Gaining Support

As of Tuesday's election, New Jersey is the latest state to raise the minimum wage. In the past few years, 21 states, the District of Columbia and scores of cities have boosted wages above the federal minimum.
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Joe Biden, Congratulator In Chief

Politicians often call members of their own party to congratulate them on a successful campaign. But Biden seems to relish the opportunity, personally reaching out to 10 winning candidates in state and local races around the country Tuesday night.
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Judge: MF Global Customers To Recover All Their Losses

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn says he's ready to approve a deal to get the firm's 26,000 former customers their money by the end of the year.

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