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TWINKIES won't die that easily, after all. Hostess Brands and its second-largest union will go into mediation to try to resolve their differences, meaning the company won't go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week. The bankruptcy judge hearing the case said Monday that the parties haven't gone through the critical step of mediation. Hostess and the union agreed to mediation talks, which are expected to begin today.

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THE WALT DISNEY CO. is shutting down its Web movie service, Disney Movies Online, saying the site wasn't keeping up with user demand. In an email to users, the company said the site would be closed as of Dec. 31. The site allowed visitors to buy and rent movies from the Disney library, including films made by its subsidiary Pixar. It also allowed people who purchased physical discs to stream the movies from the website. However, the site did not attract many customers and had limited capabilities.

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LOWE'S said Monday that its third-quarter net income surged 76 percent to $396 million, helped by lower costs and higher revenue, as the company's efforts to revamp its merchandise and prices appeared to be gaining traction. Revenue rose 2 percent to $12.07 billion. The results are the latest indication that home-improvement retailers and other housing-related companies are benefiting from the start of a rebound in the housing market.

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INTEL CEO PAUL OTELLINI is retiring in May, giving the world's largest maker of microprocessors six months to find a new leader as it confronts two major challenges: a shaky economy and a shift toward mobile devices that is reducing demand for its PC chips. Otellini's decision surprised Intel's board of directors, which had been expecting Otellini to remain CEO until the company's customary retirement age of 65. Otellini is 62. Otellini will be ending a nearly 40-year career with Intel, including an eight-year stint as CEO by the time he leaves.

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AVERAGE CREDIT CARD DEBT per borrower in the U.S. in the July-to-September quarter, up 4.9 percent from a year earlier, credit reporting agency TransUnion said Monday

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Cisco, world's largest maker of computer-networking equipment, to pay $1.2 billion for Meraki Inc., adding technology tomanage Wi-Fi networks remotely ... Ford says 2014 Fiesta will be first North American vehicle to get Ford's new 1-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine

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