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CVS CAREMARK CORP. will repay about $2.8 million to consumers who bought a dietary supplement that was falsely marketed as preventing illness, the Federal Trade Commission said. CVS touted its AirShield tablets and powders as a defense against the flu and a boost to the immune system, but there is no evidence that the products could do either, the commission said. The FTC will contact customers who qualify for the refund.

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DOGS, WHOSE KEEN SENSE OF SMELL have been used for some time to help aid in ferreting out narcotics, explosives - even bedbugs, mold and forged money - may be used to uncover defective Chinese drywall in homes and buildings. "It seems to me that here is a way to detect the presence of reactive drywall in a nondestructive and more cost-effective way," said Gene Ouellette, associate director of Florida Atlantic University's Institute for Design and Construction.

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THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S $50 billion mortgage relief program is picking up speed after a sluggish start: Almostone in five eligible homeowners have been offered help so far. The "Making Home Affordable" plan was launched with great fanfare in March. As of last month, lenders had sent out more than 571,000 offers to reduce borrowers' monthly payments, 19 percent of the nearly 3 million homeowners eligible under the plan, up from 15 percent at the end of July.

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2.4 Million

Number of jobs businesses and government advertised for on the last day of July, according to the Labor Department, the fewest openings since the department began compiling the data in December 2000

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Palm, maker of Pre smart phone, to release lighter, cheaper handset called the Pixie during holiday season ... McDonald's global sales rose 2.2 percent in August, smallest monthly gain in more than a year ...Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld says she will keep pushing to buy candymaker Cadbury

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