Antionette Levi solicits donations for the Salvation Army Dec. 21 in Chicago. As the season winds down, donations to Chicago-area kettles have been over 10 percent shy of those received last year, but the organization hopes to match last year's record total of $139 million.
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Visitors to last month's Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair sample wine. Sales of wine have exploded in China, where the wealthy view it as a symbol of status and of being Western, modern and cool.
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Jeff Lukken, the mayor of LaGrange, Ga., says Kia Motors has brought thousands of jobs to Troup County at a time when the recession hit hard. The unemployment rate in the region is above 11 percent.
A hybrid solarized gas turbine power station owned by AORA Solar, a new Israeli company pushing solar hybrid technology, sits in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Samar.
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