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Sandy May Be Costliest Hurricane To Hit East Coast

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Superstorm Sandy cost the city and local businesses some $20 billion dollars.
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Holiday Season May Be A Good One For U.S. Retailers

Cyber Monday saw a big retail push following a Black Friday that expanded into Thanksgiving Day. The big question now is whether all the early shopping will boost total holiday sales or just push them up earlier on the calendar.
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Fiscal Cliff Talks Resume As Deadline Ticks Closer

Negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff remained low-key in the first day of congressional work following the Thanksgiving holiday. Tamara Keith talks to Melissa Block.
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Head Of SEC To Step Down After Four Years

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairwoman Mary Schapiro is stepping down. She took over the agency in 2009 as it was reeling from criticism over the financial crisis and the Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Schapiro is credited as a consensus builder who restored some stability to the SEC. She is being replaced by SEC commissioner Elisse Walter.
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A Jolly Christmas? Retailers Count The Extra Days

Thanksgiving weekend spending shot up nearly 13 percent from last year, and there's more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year for people to shop. And if a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff comes just before Christmas, as some expect, it could brighten the economic mood of last-minute shoppers.
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The Conversations About Infidelity On The Homefront

The sex scandals of Gen. David Petraeus and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair have triggered public conversations about ethics, national security and leadership. These high-profile cases of infidelity have also prompted private conversations about the challenges of military marriage.
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As 2012 Comes To A Close, The Facts About Doomsday

When people have questions about the end of the world — the predictions of the Mayan calendar or other apocalyptic events — they often turn to the Internet. NASA astrobiologist David Morrison has taken it upon himself to answer thousands of questions about the science of existential threats.

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