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In Vermont, During Fall, Money Grows On Trees

Fall foliage, it's not just a bunch of pretty colored leaves. In some Northeastern states, it's key to the tourist trade between summer and winter. But the timing has to be just right to take advantage of the long Columbus Day weekend.
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Sen. Cruz Battles To Regain Trust Of GOP House Members

Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the ire of House Republicans last week. They managed to get House leaders to agree to a plan to defund Obamacare. But after that, Cruz announced he wouldn't be able to move the idea in the Senate. Cruz now has to deal with the proposal as it comes to the Senate floor.
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After The Floods, Colorado Hospital Braces For Winter

A hospital in Estes Park, Colo., escaped the flood damage that affected much of the area this month. But the small hospital in the mountains now relies on a single road to evacuate critical patients. A bad snowstorm could stop traffic and ground helicopters, leaving the hospital isolated.
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When It Comes To Businesses, How Big Is Small?

Small businesses are celebrated and exalted as the hard-working, most deserving members of the political economy. They get tax breaks, and they're touted as the engines of job creation. But it turns out that when trying to figure out what a small business is, there is no one definition.
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This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests

In a secret location, revealed minutes before the event, thousands came all dressed in white. They brought white tables and chairs, elegant china, wine and food, and they set up in a park in New York City. These elegant pop-up "white garb" dinners, called Diner en Blanc, are happening all over the world.
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Burger King: Customers Can Have Their Fries And Eat Them Too

The world's No. 2 hamburger chain rolls out lower fat, lower calorie french fries on Tuesday. Executives at the company say except for their shape, customers won't be able to tell that "Satisfies" are lower in calories.
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Former Exec, 77, Says He Earns His Old Hourly Rate In A Week

Tom Palome was once a vice president of marketing for Oral-B; now he has two part-time jobs. His story of getting by during retirement is attracting attention and impassioned comments.
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After Drop, Number Of Immigrants Illegally In U.S. Levels Off

About 11 million immigrants are living illegally in the U.S., according to a new estimate by the Pew Research Center. The number of unauthorized immigrants has stalled since the end of the recession, after dropping from a record high of 12.2 million in 2007.
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8 Things To Know About A Government Shutdown

In the event of a shutdown, you'll get your mail and your entitlement check. But forget about visiting national parks and monuments, and expect delays in getting passports or visas.

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Booting Up: New NSA Data Farm Takes Root In Utah

Even as it continues to grapple with concerns about its data-gathering operations, the National Security Agency is poised to open a massive facility where cellphone, text message, email and landline data can be stored and analyzed.

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