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Famous Rudolph, Ohio, Postmark Will Shine On

After the staff of the village post office was cut to one, it wasn't clear whether the 80,000 Christmas parcels and cards that flow in would get the special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer postmark. But the Toledo Blade reports nearly 75 volunteers have stepped up to keep the tradition going.
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Deal Struck To End L.A. Port Strike; Walkout Was Delaying Billions In Goods

Clerical workers walked out a week ago, demanding guarantees that their jobs won't be outsourced in the future. Longshoremen wouldn't cross the picket lines, bringing the nation's busiest ports to a standstill. But work should resume there today.
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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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