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Boeing Soars Despite A Turbulent 2013

The airplane manufacturer was one of the stock market's best performers this year, despite battery problems that grounded its entire fleet of new 787s for more than three months. But a labor dispute involving its largest union could have some Boeing customers looking to competitor Airbus for new planes.

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In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year

The Irony of Fate is the country's favorite holiday movie. Like classic American films such as It's A Wonderful Life, it captures the magic of the holidays, but in a way that is quintessentially Russian.

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Screen Time: Bob Mondello's Favorite Films Of 2013

TV may have been great this year, but don't roll the credits on 2013 films just yet. The film critic lists his annual best of the best for your pleasure.

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Icing On The Puck: Hockey Fans And The NHL Winter Classic

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The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

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In Russia, A Soviet-Era Movie To Ring In The New Year

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Boeing Soars Despite A Turbulent 2013

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Here's How Young Farmers Looking For Land Are Getting Creative

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Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese

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A Judge's Cookbook Reveals The Secrets Of Bialys And Bagels

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