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Japan inflation slows and output slips, keep BOJ under pressure
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese annual core consumer inflation slowed for a fourth straight month in November due largely to sliding oil prices, highlighting the challenges the central bank faces in achieving its 2 percent inflation target.
Japan inflation slips to 14-month low  Financial Times
Japan Inflation Slows in Blow to Abe  Wall Street Journal
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Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading
TOKYO (AP) - Shares were mostly higher in quiet trading Friday in Asia, as most markets in the region and across the globe were closed for Christmas holidays.
Asian Shares Mixed As Trading Stays Quiet  Morningstar.com
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China's Cuts Bleed Into Stocks
What came as a surprise wasn't that banks now have an enlarged regulatory deposit base to loan against, but that the banks won't have to hold a portion of those additional deposits with the central bank.
China money rates fall as IPO funds unfreeze, fiscal deposits flow in  Reuters
China Stocks Post Biggest Two-Day Gain in Three Weeks on Brokers  Bloomberg
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Dollar mortgage holders urge Russia to end 'financial slavery'
MOSCOW: When Olga Savelyeva took out a $226,000 mortgage to buy a small apartment on the outskirts of Moscow in 2008, she could never have imagined that the ruble would lose more than half its value in a few short years.
Rouble recovery eases fears of Russian financial crisis  The Australian
Russia says ruble crisis over as reserves dive, inflation climbs  Reuters
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Uber starts charging a $2 fee for hailing taxis
The days when you could hail a regular taxi via Uber for free are now over: The company quietly introduced a new $2 "booking fee" for UberT yesterday.
South Korea indicts Uber CEO, local unit for transport law breach  IBNLive
Forty Five Philadelphia Taxi Groups File Federal Law Suit Against Uber  Franchise Herald
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Merchants ready for returns
Returns and day after Christmas shopping are expected to be steady at local stores, and many merchants have prepared with sales and return policies.
Stores open early for after-Christmas returns, sales  WKMG Orlando
Tips to tackle your holiday gift returns  Fayetteville Observer
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WalMart Introduces Gift Card Exchange Program
One thing you can be certain of every Christmas is that you are not going to like every gift you receive. Sometimes you can return the gift�if the person who gave it to you gave you the receipt or a gift receipt.
Exclusive: US minimum wage hikes to affect 1400-plus Walmart stores  Reuters
Wal-Mart's higher-skilled employees pinched to 'absorb' cost of ...  Washington Times
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Access to health care
Justification for Utah not taking the funding for extending Medicaid is not funny. Over the years we have heard how we didn't want �socialized medicine� because you have to wait for services.
Two benefit packages approved for Healthy PA Medicaid  Pennsylvania Business Daily
Doctor Sees Benefits and Side Effects of Affordable Care Act  Wall Street Journal
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New Gadgets This Christmas? Here's How to Make Sure Your Old Ones Aren't ...
n employee arranges discarded computers at a newly opened electronic waste recycling factory in Wuhan, Hubei province. Stringer/ REUTERS.
Somers, Yorktown Residents: Remember to Recycle Electronics  Patch.com
Don't toss that old laptop in the trash! Electronic waste recycling ...  The Tribune
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Financial shocker of year: Oil at $60
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, oil pumps work in the Persian Gulf desert oil field of Sakhir, Bahrain. In the second half of 2014, oil prices dropped by half, to depths not seen since May of 2009 when the U.S.
Financial shocker of the year: Oil at $60  Waterbury Republican American
Iraq says OPEC may need to step in if oil prices drop further  Taipei Times
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