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Payroll Tax Holiday May Not Survive Year's End

Since January 2011, the government has knocked 2 percentage points off the payroll tax, which funds Social Security. But even as the economy appears to still be in a rut, there's little appetite to extend the tax holiday and its $95 billion price tag.
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Florida Schools In Session, But Teachers Absent

Some of the positions vacated over summer break still haven't been filled permanently, and this isn't the first time that's happened. Part of the problem is last-minute resignations, leaving school districts in a lurch.
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'Quite Good' May Not Be Good Enough For GM

By some measures, General Motors is doing fine post-bailout and post-bankruptcy. The company is profitable and makes better cars than it did a generation ago. But its stock price is down sharply, and it still doesn't have a blockbuster car like its competitors Toyota, Honda and Ford.
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Web-Based Subscription Businesses Surf A New Wave

Subscription-based business models are nothing new. But right now, e-commerce subscriptions are exploding. And in some cases, companies that make a unique pitch about their product line can win customers away from large retailers like Amazon.
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GM, Ford And Chrysler Post Double-Digit Increases

Pickup trucks sold briskly last month which is good for the bottom line of Detroit's Big Three. One analyst says "the success of the truck segment is usually seen as the harbinger of the overall economy recovery."
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Senate Hopeful Elizabeth Warren To Address DNC

Elizabeth Warren takes the podium during prime time at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday. A new poll has Warren trailing in her bid to unseat Republican Scott Brown for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.
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Transcript: Michelle Obama's Convention Speech

Transcript of first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
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Transcript: Julian Castro's DNC Keynote Address

Transcript of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's keynote speech Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention.
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Pentagon Unhappy With 'No Easy Day,' As Book On Bin Laden Raid Tops Charts

Defense Department officials say that No Easy Day, former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette's book about the secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden, includes classified information that may harm U.S. military operations. The book is currently the bestseller on Amazon.
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To Some Runners, Zombies Are A Killer Motivator

Some people run for charity; some run for their health. And some run to escape the ravenous brain-eating zombies who chase them. The popularity of Run for Your Lives, a "zombie-infested 5K obstacle race," has surprised even its organizers.

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