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China lifts ban on foreign game consoles

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

BBC: The move paves the way for firms such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft to enter a lucrative market.

 

More jobs added than expected in U.S.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

WSJPrivate-sector payrolls rose by 238,000 in December, the highest gain since November 2012.

 

JPMorgan to pay $1.7B in Madoff case

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

USA Today: JPMorgan Chase must pay $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges from the Bernard Madoff case.

 

Lindsey Vonn injured, will miss Sochi Olympics

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

CBS: The 29-year-old will skip the Winter Games in Russia due to a right knee injury.

 

Legal pot costs more than black-market marijuana

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Forbes: Taxes on legal marijuana have made its prices much higher than its black-market counterpart.

 

U.S. service industries expand slower than predicted

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Monday, January 06, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek: December's forecast shows uneven progress for the largest part of the United States' economy.

 

December auto sales miss expectations

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Reuters: The top automakers in the United States did not meet December sales expectations, but 2013 still stands at the best year for the industry since the recession.

 

Cheerios drops GMOs

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Friday, January 03, 2014

USA Today: General Mills says it will stop using genetically modified ingredients in its original Cheerios cereal.

 

Construction spending in U.S. at its highest

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Reuters: Construction spending in the United States is at its highest level in nearly five years.

Construction spending increased 1 percent to an annual rate of $934.4 billion, the highest level since March 2009, the Commerce Department said on Thursday. It was the eighth straight month that construction spending increased.

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Customers swarm Colorado cannabis clubs

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

BBC: The first state-licensed marijuana industry opened in Colorado at the start of the new year.

Blustery winter weather could not deter Colorado's cannabis consumers from turning out in large numbers on 1 January, dubbed Green Wednesday, to see history in the making.

Residents aged 21 and over can buy 1oz (28g), while those from out of the state can purchase up to 0.25oz.

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Sherritt International Corp. is selling coal business

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Toronto-based Sherritt International Corp. is selling its coal business for nearly $900 million to focus more on its core nickel and oil operations.

 

American Express to pay $75.7M settlement

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

AP: American Express has agreed to pay at least $75.7 million to end an investigation by regulators into some discontinued card products.

 

Retailers pursue last minute online sales

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Reuters: More customers this year will be able to pick up online orders in stores on Tuesday, the last shopping day before Christmas.

 
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