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Cheap Chic: Couture Comes To Discount Retailers

It used to be unthinkable for high-end designers to sell their clothes at mass retailers. Now they regularly team up with Gap, Macy's and Target to bring fashion to the masses. The arrangement can help both the designers and the retailers.
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QBs Manning, Brady Prepped For Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl XLVI is this Sunday in Indianapolis. The New York Giants face the New England Patriots in a game that features two top quarterbacks — Eli Manning and Tom Brady. Madonna will perform at halftime.
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Connecticut Considers Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales

Connecticut is one of two states that ban the sale of alcohol on Sundays. That means residents have to plan ahead for Super Bowl parties. Governor Dannel Malloy says lifting the Sunday ban would make the state more competitive with its neighbors.
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Regulator: Freddie Investments 'Nothing Unusual'

Senators on Capitol Hill have criticized Edward DeMarco for the investment practices of Freddie Mac. DeMarco heads the federal agency that controls Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. NPR and ProPublica reported that certain trades at Freddie Mac amounted to bets against homeowners being able to refinance their mortgages. DeMarco tells Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep that the trades were not particularly risky, and would not have prevented homeowners from refinancing their loans.
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Operator, Can You Help Me Call The Love Of My Life?

Peter and Jacqueline Headen's courtship story is one of ups and downs — spanning one war, three countries and four decades. It all started in 1958, at a roller-skating rink on the Indian Head naval base in Maryland.
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United-Continental Merger Is 'Endless Decisions'

United and Continental Airlines have been engaged in the enormous task of merging. Drake Bennett writes for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, and he tells Renee Montagne that merging means "endless decisions, from uniforms to coffee."
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Candidates Lock Their Sights On GOP Convention

In the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a number of contests are awarding delegates on a proportional basis. That fact, combined with a back-loaded calendar, may stretch out the nominating process until the party's convention in August.
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Will Trump's Endorsement Get Romney Hired?

Real estate mogul and Apprentice star Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for president in Las Vegas Thursday. Analysts suggest Trump's endorsement could hurt Romney since he is trying to fend off accusations that he doesn't care about the poor.
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Axelrod Argues Obama Economic Policies Worked, Though There's More To Do

Axelrod said the economy has improved significantly since the 2009 interview in which Obama said his presidency would be a "one-term proposition" if there no were turnaround. Axelrod quickly added, however, that there's much more to do to fix the economy.
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Families Suffer Through Chicago Morgue Backlog

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office was so far behind in burials for the poor that bodies have been stacking up, making it difficult for some to find or view their deceased loved ones. "It's an unimaginable pain, what these families have gone through," says one local pastor.

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