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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's factory output down, inflation slows in Nov  Hindu Business Line
Japan inflation slips to 14-month low  Financial Times
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Post-Holiday Lull for Asian Markets
Asian markets were mixed on Friday, as Japanese shares edged lower following a soft reading on inflation, while Chinese stocks were a touch higher as the market moderated at the end of a wild week of trading in Shanghai.
Shares mostly higher in quiet holiday trading  U-T San Diego
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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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As Docs Face Big Cuts In Medicaid Pay, Patients May Pay The Price
WASHINGTON - While I was away last week, Vermont decided to scuttle its single-payer health-care plans. I predicted as much six months ago, fo� Read more.
Access to health care  Deseret News
Two benefit packages approved for Healthy PA Medicaid  Pennsylvania Business Daily
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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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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
Don't toss that old laptop in the trash! Electronic waste recycling ...  The Tribune
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South Korea, US, Japan agree to intelligence pact
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will sign their first-ever trilateral intelligence-sharing pact next week to better cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats, Seoul officials said Friday.
US, allies agree trilateral accord on North Korea intelligence  Economic Times
SKorea, US and Japan share intel on North Korea
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