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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The black-and-white photo on the wall of Jennifer Tracey-Carlo's heating oil company shows her father and grandfather standing beside a small fleet of gleaming delivery trucks, offering a glimpse into a time when oil was king and honoring the two men who built the business now under fire from many sides. Oil dealerships like Tracey-Carlo's are in for a fight as their industry faces a relentless boom in cheaper natural gas and a huge drop in the number of homes heated by oil. By Stephen Singer.

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HENNIKER, N.H. — When it comes to pairing beer with poultry, Joe Morette isn't too fussy. His turkeys will drink just about anything. Morette, who is raising about 50 Thanksgiving turkeys this year, has been giving his birds beer since 1993. He insists the beer makes birds fatter, more flavorful and juicier. By Holly Ramer.

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WASHINGTON — Catching a cheating lover online using commercial spyware seems to be easier than nabbing the hacker behind it. The FBI this week added to its list of most wanted cybercriminals a former San Diego college student who developed an $89 program called "Loverspy" or "Email PI." Sold online from his apartment, the program would send the suspected cheater an electronic greeting card that, if opened, would install malicious software that could capture emails and instant messages, even spy on someone using the victim's own webcam. By Anne Flaherty.

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NEW YORK — They loved it. Now they hate it. A host of celebrities, athletes and self-promoters built an audience on Twitter only to have their followers turn against them. For others, tweets that once got lots of attention now get lost in the noise. How can Twitter sustain its growth and attract advertisers when its social networking service turns so many people off? By Ryan Nakashima.

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TWITTER-IPO-KEY FIGURES — A collection of five biographical sketches for the key people in Twitter's brief history. By Michael Liedtke.

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NEW YORK — It can help overthrow dictators, but can it make money? For all its power and reach, Twitter gushes losses — $65 million in the third quarter, nearly triple the level from a year ago. Worse, the paperwork it filed for its first public stock sale doesn't lay out how it can sell enough ads on its service to stanch the red ink and sustain profits. Is Twitter a good investment? By Bernard Condon.

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NEW YORK — Critics dismiss it as a fad and Twitter is tiny compared to some rivals. It loses money, too. For all its faults, though, Twitter has plenty of Wall Street fans who think its stock could soar for years. Here's a Q&A that explains why the "bulls" believe in the social media company. By Bernard Condon.

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NEW YORK — In the most anticipated IPO of the year, millions of Twitter shares will change hands after the New York Stock Exchange's opening bell later this week. It's a complex, months-long process that comes down to one veteran trader, who must sift through thousands of orders and dozens of yelling traders to determine the right price for Twitter's opening trade. By Ken Sweet.

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WASHINGTON — You may not even know you are eating them, but trans fats will eventually be a thing of the past. The Food and Drug Administration says it is phasing them out, saying they are a threat to public health. Some questions and answers about the dangerous fats. By Mary Clare Jalonick.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Hundreds of thousands of people with preexisting conditions such as cancer, heart failure, or kidney disease who are covered through high risk insurance pools will see their coverage dissolve by year's end when their pools are permanently closed. But many of them have had trouble signing up for new health insurance through the often malfunctioning federal and state exchanges and could find themselves without critical coverage in January if they don't meet a Dec. 15 deadline to enroll. By Gosia Wozniacka.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The mayor doesn't know, nor do the police, and government inspectors are sworn to secrecy. Internet giant Google is managing to hide in broad daylight what it's building in the heart of San Francisco Bay by erecting the four-story building on docked barges instead of on land, where public building permits and plans are mandatory. By Martha Mendoza.

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There's not much good news for fliers this Thanksgiving. Planes and airports will be packed and you might have to sit apart from a loved one, unless you pay extra. By Scott Mayerowitz.

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NEW YORK — On the heels of Apple's new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag. Although Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" hasn't gotten as much attention as the iPad Air, it is emerging as the strongest challenger yet to Apple's device. By Anick Jesdanun.

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NEW YORK — American Express Co. is largely viewed as an upscale charge card company, but it's increasingly on the pulse of what it going on with small business as it works to build its customer base. Susan Sobbott, who heads up the company's small business operation, American Express Open, says that based on what she's seeing the holiday season may not the most robust for small retailers, but they should eke out gains compared with last year. By Joyce M. Rosenberg.

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