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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveil a budget deal Dec. 10 in Washington. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Superlow inflation means workers often don't see big raises and consumers may delay buying, thinking prices will drop some more. Kevork Djansezian/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Mary Barra speaks at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year. General Motors has picked her to lead the company. Rebecca Cook/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A truck bearing Mexican and U.S. flags approaches the border crossing into the U.S., in Laredo, Texas. Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Gas prices are down compared with last year, but slumping consumer confidence could dampen Thanksgiving holiday travel. Julio Cortez/AP hide caption

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An American Airlines jet passes the Washington Monument as it lands at Ronald Reagan National Airport. That's one of seven airports where American and US Airways must now make room for low-cost competitors under a settlement with the Justice Department. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Skycap Biniyam Yehuala hefts a traveler's bag at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. On Tuesday, voters in SeaTac, Wash., approved a minimum wage of $15 an hour for roughly 6,300 low wage workers' whose jobs are at or near the airport. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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