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Ships idle off Los Angeles amid port problems
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are facing their biggest crisis in a decade as container ships idle offshore because cargo can't be moved off the docks fast enough.
Port squeeze threatens US retailers' holiday stocking plans  Reuters
Congestion worsens at LA-Long Beach ports as holidays near  Los Angeles Times
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GMO wheat mishaps foster skepticism of USDA
WASHINGTON - The discovery of another unapproved variety of genetically modified wheat in Montana has increased pressure to tighten the regulation of biotech crops, a change that could cause havoc for farmers in Iowa and across the U.S.
Maui Residents Petition To Ban GMO Farming  Dumb-Out
Maui voters to decide whether to ban GMO crops
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S&P 500 posts biggest weekly gain of 2014
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - U.S. stocks closed with solid gains Friday, leaving the S&P 500 with its largest weekly advance of the year.
Wall Street Earnings Ascended; Microsoft Gains and Amazon Loss  Capitalberg
Wall Street Microsoft's gains insignificantly offset Amazon's loss  Beta Wired
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Amazon Fire Sale Is Not About Phones
Amazon might have thought that �Fire Sale� was a promotion to liquidate their mobile phones, which haven't been selling that well.
Amazon Sitting on $83 Million of Unsold Fire Phones  Overclockers Club
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Is Still The World's Best CEO By One Measure  Huffington Post
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The Conflict Between Germany and the ECB That Threatens Europe
We've known for some time about the tension between the European Central Bank, charged with guiding the economies of the 18 countries that use the euro, and Germany, the largest and richest member of that zone.
Euro zone risks "relapse into recession" without structural ...  Reuters
Mario Draghi warns euro leaders of 'relapse into recession'  Irish Times
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Brian Loy: Bone up on Social Security changes
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Social Security recipients to get about $20 more per month  Waterbury Republican American
For Social Security Recipients, a 1.7% Raise  Wall Street Journal
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Giant gold 'Butte Nugget' sells to secret Bay Area buyer
Just one day after it was unveiled to awed crowds in San Francisco, the whopping 'Butte Nugget' of gold sold Friday to a �prominent Bay Area collector� for an undisclosed amount of money, according to the company brokering the deal.
Giant Gold Nugget Found In California Sold, Butte Nugget Sells For $400k  The Inquisitr
Gold nugget found in California finds secret buyer  The Denver Post
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6 tips for tech-ing out your Halloween fright night
This Halloween is expected to be the most celebrated in the last decade - maybe because it falls on a Friday - or maybe we're all just jones-ing to play dress-up and gorge on candy.
Choices galore greet Halloween shoppers in the Columbia area  Hilton Head Island Packet
LI retailers expecting scary-big Halloween sales  Newsday
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Housing Regulators Pressured To Ease Mortgage Loan Rules
Washington - Three years ago, in the dark days of the housing crisis, regulators pressed for a controversial rule that aimed to crack down on shoddy and dishonest lending practices.
Why Many Good Mortgage Loans Are Not Being Made  Huffington Post
The Unequal Mortgage Market is No Coincidence  Milwaukee Courier Weekly Newspaper
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Sears Corporation Closing 100 Sears and Kmart Stores
Thousands of employees will be laid off just ahead of the holiday season, many of them here in Michigan, as Sears Corporation says it plans to close the stores that aren't doing so well.
Attention Kmart and Sears Shoppers: 77 Stores Closing  19 Action News
Sears in Kingston closing in January  The Patriot Ledger
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