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All Bets Are Off: Intrade Shuts Door To U.S. Customers

The move came Monday just hours after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission accused the Ireland-based company of violating the agency's ban on off-exchange options trading. The prediction website takes bets on everything from economic results to the prospects of war to which movie will win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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Post-Sandy Aid Inaccessible For Some Immigrants

Not everyone affected by Superstorm Sandy has found relief in the government programs and charities helping to rebuild lives. Many immigrants, both legal and undocumented, face higher hurdles than most in the wake of a natural disaster.
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Will Florida Pythons Slither To Rest Of The U.S.?

Researchers from the University of Florida, National Geographic and other groups say Burmese pythons may not be as likely to spread across the Southeast U.S. as previous researchers have warned. Cold weather may beat them back.
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GOP Pushback On No-Tax Norquist: Less Than Meets The Eye

A handful of Republicans in Congress say they won't honor the Grover Norquist-led no-new-taxes pledge if it prevents a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. "Grover still swings a hammer," says one adviser. "There just aren't as many nails." But others think entitlements, not taxes, could be the sticking point.

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