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Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, its finance minister said on Friday, as authorities scaled up their bailout for the first bank to succumb to the recent rouble crisis.
Ruble Slides After Russia Exporters Drove Best Week Since 1998  Bloomberg
Russia's Finance Minister Calls For Slower Growth in Military Spending  Wall Street Journal
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Bad Santa? 5 tips to tackle your holiday gift returns
As anyone who's received a drugstore cologne gift set well knows, even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes. Friends and relatives?
Your guide to returning those unwanted Christmas gifts
Tips On Returning Christmas Gifts  News On 6
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Unhappy with the gift card in your stocking? Wal-Mart has a solution
Not a fan of that department-store gift card that you found under the Christmas tree? Wal-Mart says it can help you out. The world's largest retailer is offering a savvy promotion targeting the gift-card crowd, promising to exchange gift cards for a ...
Local stores prepare for Christmas returns  WAAY
US Minimum Wage Hikes To Impact Wal-Mart (WMT)  Bidness ETC
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US city of Providence sues Petrobras for corruption-related bond loss: Report
SAO PAULO: The US city of Providence, Rhode Island, is suing Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and some of its executives for bond losses stemming from an alleged kickback and bribery scheme, a leading Brazilian newspaper reported ...
Brazil's Petrobras May See Its R�  Brazil Business Today (subscription)
Corporate Watch  Wall Street Journal
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Sub-$2-a-gallon gas reaches Twin Cities
Gas prices have dropped below $2 per gallon at select Minnesota stations, reflecting steadily dropping prices to levels not seen for five years.
$1.99 Per Gallon Gas Prices Have Minnesotans Smiling  CBS Local
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Naughty or Nice? Uber Starts Charging Passengers $2 Booking Fee in New York
Uber has started charging New Yorkers who use its e-hailing service to get yellow cabs a $2 booking fee. The fee is not applicable for the company's UberX service, which deploys black cabs.
Uber sued by 45 Philadelphia-based taxi corporations  Uncover California
Uber Sued by 45 Philadelphia Taxi Companies  NBC 10 Philadelphia
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Doctor Sees Benefits and Side Effects of Affordable Care Act
Dr. Douglas Olson says his patients illustrate the trade-offs and lessons in the Affordable Care Act. Michael Rubenstein for The Wall Street Journal.
Porter Health Care System to host info sessions on insurance marketplace
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Falling oil prices could force more state cuts
BATON ROUGE �. The budget hole facing Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers next year is a grim figure, topping $1.4 billion. But that may not even be the worst-case scenario.
The Good, Bad and Ugly in Louisiana politics, 2014 edition: Robert Mann
Louisiana officials readying for more budget cuts as oil prices continue to fall  WDSU New Orleans
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Shoppers' Late Rush Gives Hope to Retailers
Christmas Eve shoppers in Chicago were among those consumers U.S. retailers have been counting on this season to help propel holiday sales.
Late rush gives hope to retailers  The Australian
Late push drives best holiday sales in 3 years, retailers report  Washington Business Journal
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McDonald's Large Fries Will Be Back On Menu In Japan
( - McDonald's says all sizes of french fries will be back on the menu in Japan on January 5. The company is confident it has found ways around labor problems at U.S.
McDonald's Japan puts all sizes of fries back on the menu (MCD)  Seeking Alpha
Japan McDonald's to Resume Serving Large Fries After Shortage
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