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Walmart drug plan for seniors may not be best deal

November 16th, 2010 6:28 am by Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Consumer alert: A new Medicare drug plan with the lowest upfront cost in the country may not be for everyone, experts say.Medicare's open enrollment season just started, and the plan from insurer Humana and retail giant Walmart is getting

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Will Facebook e-mail be a Google killer?

November 16th, 2010 5:27 am by LA Times News Service

SAN FRANCISCO In a bold challenge to its rivals, Facebook Inc. is launching a messaging service for its more than half a billion users, setting off a battle that could shape the future of communication on the Internet.Facebook Messages will meld the thre

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Demand for autos push retail sales to big October gain

November 15th, 2010 1:03 pm by Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Retail sales, helped by strong demand for autos, increased in October by the largest amount in seven months.The Commerce Department reported Monday that retail sales rose 1.2 percent last month. That was nearly double the gain that had be

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Japan is test case for Pacific-wide free trade zone

November 14th, 2010 9:07 pm by Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, Japan Although Asia-Pacific leaders have committed themselves to achieving a Pacific-wide free trade zone following an annual summit, host Japan may prove a key test case for how realistic that vision is.

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Tri-Cities Regional Airport flying high with upgrade plans

November 13th, 2010 6:30 pm by Hank Hayes

BLOUNTVILLE A makeover at Tri-Cities Regional Airport that could represent a litmus test for the region's economy is taking off.

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U.S. Postal Service losses $8.5 billion

November 12th, 2010 2:19 pm by staff report

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Foreclosure filings drop sharply in Oct. in Tri-Cities region

November 12th, 2010 3:50 am by Don Fenley

Foreclosure filings for the Tri-Cities area dropped sharply during October, mirroring a decline in filings nationwide that was likely fallout from the recent "robo-signing controversy." According to data released this week by RealtyTrac, the number

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Claims that federal stimulus projects came in under budget, faster than expected are put to the test

November 11th, 2010 11:28 am by Rob Farley, Politifact, and Michael Grabell, ProPublica

Obama claims most stimulus projects have come in under budget, faster than expected. There is no comprehensive federal database that tracks whether stimulus projects have come in under budget. But the White House pointed us toward Vice President Joe Biden

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Tennessee sales taxes grow by highest rate since 2007

November 10th, 2010 12:40 pm by Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's most recent monthly sales tax collections grew at the highest rate since April 2007 and the state's general fund has now exceeded projections by $46 million through the first quarter of the budget year.Sales taxes, which

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