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Senate Fails To Ratify U.N. Treaty On Disabilities

Republicans in the Senate on Tuesday blocked ratification of a U.N. treaty that would have helped countries protect the rights of disabled people. It was inspired by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Opponents argued, among other things, it would threaten the ability of parents in this country to home school their children.
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Deal Reached In Calif. Port Workers Strike

A tentative agreement has been reached to end an eight-day strike that crippled the nation's largest port complex. Shippers were prevented from delivering billions of dollars in cargo to warehouses and distribution centers across the country.
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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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