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Fewest Americans in Seven Weeks File Jobless-Benefit Claims
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the job market is making progress as the year ends.
Unemployment claims drop showing optimistic future  TheCelebrityCafe.com
Recipients of Jobless Benefits Down Sharply  Wall Street Journal
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Shoppers Flock to Retail Stores for Last-Minute Gifts
BILLINGS - The countdown is on for last-minute shoppers. With only hours left until Christmas is here, shoppers are flocking to retailers, snatching up final holiday deals.
It Looks LIke US Retailers Are Just Barely Going To Meet Holiday Expectations  Business Insider
3 Stocks for a Brighter Christmas - Analyst Blog  Nasdaq
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Uber Called 'Criminal Enterprise' by Philadelphia Cab Owners
Uber Technologies Inc., facing a legal backlash as it expands globally, was called a �criminal enterprise� in a lawsuit by Philadelphia cab companies seeking to block the on-demand car service from operating in the city.
Uber slapped with suit by 45 Phila. taxi companies  Philly.com
Philadelphia taxi firms file suit against Uber  SFGate
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CFTC Fines MF Global's Parent Company $100 Million
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission said it fined the parent company of failed brokerage MF Global Inc. $100 million as part of a settlement stemming from the firm's 2011 collapse.
In brief: MF Global Holdings told to pay $1.2 billion  Houston Chronicle
MF Global Holdings to pay $100 mln fine in CFTC settlement  Reuters
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Wal-Mart tests gift card exchange
Starting today, Walmart is letting customers exchange gift cards from more than 200 retailers, airlines and restaurants for a Walmart card.
Walmart will take your unwanted holiday gift cards  The Verge
Walmart forced to increase minimum wage at 33% of US stores  RT
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Oil's Swift Fall Raises Fortunes of US Abroad
BRUSSELS - A plunge in oil prices has sent tremors through the global political and economic order, setting off an abrupt shift in fortunes that has bolstered the interests of the United States and pushed several big oil-exporting nations - particularly those ...
Power dreams  The News International
Some Surprises Among Economic Stories in 2014  Voice of America (blog)
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Bad Santa? 5 tips to tackle holiday gift returns
From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.
Bad Santa? 5 tips to tackle your holiday gift returns  Charlotte Observer
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FAA Issues Drone Warning Video, As Thousands Are Set To Receive ...
The FAA has released a safety video for recreational drone pilots, as surging sales of the unmanned aircraft are set to have thousands of new flyers in the air this holiday season.
As drones are gifted, the FAA issues a warning  CBS News
Drones becoming a popular Christmas gift  KSN-TV
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Final voyage: Navy pays one cent to scrap aircraft carrier
The ship is too big to squeeze through the Panama Canal, and will instead make a five-month journey around the tip of South America.
Navy's USS Ranger aircraft carrier featured in 'Top Gun' to be ...  Washington Times
USS Ranger Heading to Port of Brownsville for Dismantling  KRGV
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Mortgage rates edge up from this year's lows
Fixed mortgage rates ticked up this week but remain near lows for the year, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey of lenders.
Mortgage rates edge up from record lows  Macro Insider
Freddie Mac: Fixed Mortgage Rates Up Slightly Heading Into Holidays  Mortgageorb
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