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    Best Buy is latest retailer to show fresh momentum going into the holidays

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    Fixed mortgage rates fall for the second week in a row

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    Where to go to college to make the most money — for each major

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    Order doesn’t help pregnant undocumented women

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    Here’s exactly what Obama is going to do about immigration -- and how to qualify

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