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An Anadarko Petroleum Corp. crew works on a drilling platform near Mead, Colo. A private measure of U.S. manufacturing activity grew in October at the fastest pace in more than three years.

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A shopper pushes her purchases and a child outside a T.J. Maxx clothing store in Braintree, Mass. TJX, the parent company of both Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, is hoping to take advantage of so-called "frugal fatigue."

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** FILE ** Starbucks Corp., based in Seattle, hopes its new venture into instant coffee, Via, will be as prevalent in stores as its packaged coffee is now. The Starbucks instant comes in just shy of a $1 a cup, compared with the pennies a cup of home-brewed joe can cost. (Associated Press)

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PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY D.C. DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH REHABILITATION SERVICES The $45 million New Beginnings Development Youth Center in Laurel opened in May, replacing the trouble-plagued Oak Hill Juvenile Detention Center. It houses 60 male youths.

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT COMIC TRADE: NBC Universal, owner of the popular Spider-Man ride in Orlando, Fla., could suffer a loss of revenue now that Disney has purchased Marvel and its cast of characters.BLOOMBERG NEWS A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse sits in front of the Magic Kingdom, part of the Walt Disney World theme park and resort in Orlando, Fla. The company. announced last week it had purchased Marvel Entertainment Inc. and its comic book heroes and villians for about $4 billion.

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**FILE** Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called Israel's plan to construct new housing units in West Bank settlements despite U.S. calls for a building freeze “completely unacceptable.” (Associated Press)

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Environmentalists say the delta smelt population has declined because state and federal water pumps suck in and kill smelt, which usually spawn in the delta's upper reaches in spring.

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Pipes carrying liquid natural gas, or LNG, and electrical lines run toward a storage tank at the Distrigas liquid natural-gas plant in Everett, Mass. Some energy experts say there is sufficient liquid natural-gas storage capacity in the U.S. to make natural gas a good choice for serving the nation's energy needs until other energy sources become more common.

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NEW YORK- 1997 : Michael Jackson arrives on stage during his "HiStory" concert tour held in New York in 1997(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) UK NEWSPAPERS OUT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM DAVE HOGAN. PLEASE CONTACT SALES TEAM WITH ENQUIRIES

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An advertisement that reads "all the store on sale" runs across the storefront in Caracas, Venezuela, where a drop in oil prices has roughly cut in half the amount of goods the country can afford to import.

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AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES DRIVE: Fiat and Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne is thought to have the key to turning the failing Detroit automaker around.

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agence france-presse/Getty images FAO Schwarz, founded in 1862 by German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz in Baltimore, has reigned for decades as the premier retailer for unique toys and a pioneer of "entertainment retail," the idea that a store could be an experience for its customers.

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District native Don Peebles' entrepreneurial drive led him to form the largest black-owned real estate development company in the country. He now travels across the U.S. as a speaker and mentor, encouraging students to pursue business careers. (Michael McElroy)

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In this 2009 photo, Kevin McLaughlin's then-8-year-old daughter Chloe (center) and her friend Caleigh Everitt, 9, count some of the allowance money Chloe keeps in different envelopes at the McLaughlin home in Pine Beach, N.J. One envelope is for spending, one for savings and one is for giving. (Associated Press)

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In this photo released by CBS, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre talks to reporters after his appearance on the CBS talk show "Face the Nation" on Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Washington. (AP Photo/CBS' "Face the Nation," Karin Cooper)

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In this photo released by Chrysler Corp., a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is shown. (Associated Press/Chrysler Corp.)

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News organization officials have become nimble keeping their products up to speed in an evolving marketplace. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

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A welder works on a section of a double-hulled oil tanker being assembled at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in January. Nearly 80 percent of the world's oil tankers use the design, considered much safer against spils than single-hulled ships.

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Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive and co-founder of Yelp.com, defends his Web site as it deals with transparency issues. Some business owners and consumers are struggling to understand how user-generated sites, such as Yelp.com, operate. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Van Jones focused on green jobs, enterprise and innovation as a special adviser on the Council on Environmental Quality.