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Japanese firms to spurn PM's call for higher wages next year: survey
TOKYO (Reuters) - Major Japanese firms plan to return their excess cash to shareholders next year rather than spend it on wage rises, according to a Reuters survey, in a rebuke to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call for employers to lift salaries.
The 94% Plunge That Shows Abenomics Is Losing Global Investors  Businessweek
Japan's Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth  Sacramento Bee
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Europe's not so bad off, says Germany's Weidmann
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch)�Deutsche Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann on Sunday said growth in Germany could be better than expected this year and that the economic situation in Europe is not as dire as some people think.
Europe's economy isn't that bad, Germany's top banker argues  National Monitor
German central bank chief questions bond buys, arguing cheap oil is stimulus ...  Fox Business
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Town shudders, anti-nuclear activists celebrate as Vermont Yankee plant shuts ...
VERNON, Vt. - Reaction in the three-state region surrounding Vermont Yankee is mixed as the nuclear plant prepares to send its last electrons to the grid in the coming days.
Mixed reaction as Vermont Yankee plant shuts down  Hilton Head Island Packet
End of an era  The Keene Sentinel
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Atlantic City eager for 2015 after its worst year
ATLANTIC CITY - Few people are more eager to see the clock strike midnight on Dec. 31 than Atlantic City casino executives and the thousands of workers who still have jobs there.
2014 timeline of Atlantic City's battered casinos  Charlotte Observer
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Majority ownership of Polaroid was acquired by Minnesota's Pohlad family in a ...
Majority ownership of Polaroid was acquired by Minnesota's Pohlad family in a $70 million deal According to recent reports Minnesota's Pohlad family has acquired majority shares of Polaroid in a $70 million deal.
Minnesota Twins' Pohlad Family Buys Polaroid  Puckett's Pond (blog)
Pohlad family acquires majority stake in Polaroid  West Texas News
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Industrial Profits Stats Show China Hitting Unexpected Headwinds
National Bureau of Statistics analysis shows slide in industrial profits driven by weakness in coal mining, and oil and gas industries.
China's Nov industrial profits suffer sharpest fall in 27 months  Reuters
China's industrial profit has fallen the most in the last 27 months  Morning Vertical
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Credit Suisse bid to dismiss US mortgage suit denied
Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse can be prosecuted for its role in the US housing finance meltdown, according to a court decision which dismissed the company's bid to halt a suit.
Credit Suisse to face New York lawsuit tied to fraud accusation  Irish Independent
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Amazon Is Finally Making All The Right Moves To The Tune of 10 Million New ...
Whether the deals were too good to pass up online or the lines were too long in the real world online shopping was fruitful this year.
Baird Weighs In On Amazon (AMZN) After Prime Numbers Release  Bidness ETC
Report - Amazon Prime Added 10M Subscribers in Holiday Season  Modern Readers
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Police Activity Delays Metro-North Trains In Greenwich
GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) - Metro North commuter trains on the New Haven Line are delayed up to an hour due to police activity at the Greenwich train station.
Suspicious package at Greenwich Metro North station causes delays  WTNH
Suspicious package at Greenwich train station deemed 'non-hazardous'  WFSB
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Why Would Anyone Bother To Have Penny Parking Meters?
There's an interesting little story here about a town that still has parking meters that will give you 12 minutes for a penny.
Penny parking thrives in small Illinois town  The Denver Post
Illinois city's parking strategy results in a pretty penny for downtown ...  Press Herald
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