Despite a strong housing market this year, experts say the recent economic drama has contributed to less stability in real estate. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Faster delivery is the new frontier of Internet competition. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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People wait to visit with volunteer counselors at Insure Central Texas in Austin on Oct. 1. Eric Gay/The Associated Press hide caption

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Suffixes like .org, .net and .com are the most common on the Internet today. But the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which governs Web names, plans to add some 1,400 more, some ending in Arabic or Chinese characters. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The scene in a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Va. Cities are a key growth area for retailers since suburbs are already saturated with big-box stores. AP hide caption

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Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, in 2011, appears before a Senate committee looking into the Postal Service's economic troubles. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Home values have been rising in recent months, but mortgage rates have taken a rapid turn upward as well. Some investors are worried that the housing recovery may stall if mortgage rates jump too quickly. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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President Kennedy passes out pens on June 10, 1963, after signing the Equal Pay Act. Harvey Georges/AP hide caption

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Retired Gen. David Petraeus, former CIA chief, speaks at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on March 26. Petraeus announced Thursday that he was joining the private equity firm KKR. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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For decades, Hill County Farms, also known as Henry's Turkey Service, housed a group of mentally disabled men in squalor in this former schoolhouse in Atalissa, Iowa. The EEOC won a judgment against the company for exploiting the men. John Schultz/Quad-City Times/ZUMAPRESS.com hide caption

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Federal employees demonstrate against the U.S. budget sequester, outside New York's Federal Plaza on Tuesday. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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The Senate on Monday approved a bill to allow states to collect sales taxes from online retailers. Proponents say sellers will get help navigating tax collection, but many retailers says complying will be burdensome and opens the door for unforeseen problems. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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With instant messages buzzing, emails pinging and texts ringing, how can employers increase productivity in the workplace? Software companies are tackling the problem, tracking employees' computer time to find ways to improve their efficiency. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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