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Rising Food Prices Can Topple Governments, Too

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Boost In Exports Offers Economic Bright Spot

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New Year Brings Glimmers Of Economic Hope

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One Last Ride On The 2010 Economic Roller Coaster

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Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson head the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Its unofficial motto may be that "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" will stop mail deliveries, but the digital age has been challenging for the Postal Service as people e-mail, text and fax to communicate. Kelly Etzel/AP/Cedar Rapids Gazette hide caption

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Whose child wouldn't like to help puppies learn to swim? The Barbie Puppy Swim School could be one of this year's top-selling toys. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Hours So Early, Holiday Shoppers Stay Up Late

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The price paid to farmers for a bushel of corn averaged $4.78 in October, up from $3.61 in the same month last year. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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Suddenly, Corn Costs More. Why Not Corn Flakes?

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