The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore reporting from Manhattan's Battery Park during Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Jonathan Saruk/The Weather Channel/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a news conference in June. Financial markets reacted to comments he made then by selling off bonds and stocks. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama talked up the Affordable Care Act in San Jose, Calif., in June. Now, the administration has said a key provision affecting businesses won't take effect until 2015. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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McKesson CEO John Hammergren, seen here in 2005, has what analysts call the largest pension on record, at $159 million. In his 14 years in a leadership role, the drug distributor's revenues have quadrupled. George Nikitin/AP hide caption

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George Zimmer founded the Men's Wearhouse clothing store in 1973. The company announced Wednesday that he'd been fired. Thomas J. Gibbons/Getty Images hide caption

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A new study finds that while "receiving unearned preferential treatment does generate positive reactions, it is not always an entirely pleasurable experience." Examples include getting a free upgrade on a hotel room. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Smithfield Foods, makers of ham products under a variety of brand names, is being purchased by Chinese food maker Shuanghui International, for $4.72 billion in cash. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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Models abound at this week's Shanghai auto show. This one, in a latex cat suit, was drawing attention to an SUV by Landwind, a Chinese company that sells about 10,000 vehicles a year. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Customers of Dollar Shave Club say that the company's sense of humor — as seen in an absurdist video of CEO Michael Dubin in his warehouse — has helped win them over. YouTube hide caption

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