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President Vladimir Putin speaks in Moscow on Dec. 23. Russia's current economic crisis stems from Western sanctions and diving oil prices. Maxim Shipenkov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sanctions Intensify Russia's Free Fall Into Economic Crisis

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There were $3 trillion worth of corporate mergers in 2014. Comcast's proposed acquisition of fellow cable company Time Warner was the largest at $45 billion. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Comcast-Time Warner Сable Deal Tops A Year Of Corporate Mergers

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Political Crisis Hammers Greece's Financial Markets

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Target shoppers Kelly Foley (from left), Debbie Winslow and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, in South Portland, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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First Book President and CEO Kyle Zimmer reads to children during a book distribution event. Courtesy of First Book hide caption

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Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

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Nevada's Tesla Battery Factory Triggers Wave Of Follow-Up Business

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Economist: This Recovery Is Broad-Based And Stable

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ICYMI 2014: Soccer Field Standoff Highlights Gentrification Tension

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Low Gas Prices Predicted For 2015 And Beyond

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A New York Stock Exchange trader works on the floor on Dec. 17. Stocks rose nearly 300 points after the Federal Reserve announced it plans to begin raising interest rates next year. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

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Despite Some Clouds, U.S. Economic Forecast Looks Sunny

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Lower Gas Prices Add Fuel To U.S. Economic Recovery

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Lower Oil Prices Drain Value Of Russians' Money

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Fuel prices have plummeted this year, but airfares have remained high. The International Air Transport Association estimates that the world's airlines will rake in nearly $20 billion in profits this year. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

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Nissan workers at a plant in Canton, Miss. The auto company received financial incentives, including tax relief, from the state for the factory. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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A Backlash Brews Against Low Pay On The Factory Floor

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