Today’s Business Roundup

Markets

US stocks finish near session lows a day before Thanksgiving. The Dow is down -235.26 points. The S&P and Nasdaq also finished in the red as the debt crises in Europe and the US linger. Traders fear a possible global recession because of the shaky financial troubles here and abroad. The markets and banks will be closed for Thanksgiving but will reopen on Friday.

Biggest Travel Day Of The Year

Today is simply the busiest travel day of the year and airlines are not profiting as much as people think. Not only are jet fuel costs growing but airlines have to brace for the unwanted costs for delays because of bad weather all over the US.

Super Committee Failure Spillover

Congress is just weeks away from voting on expiring payroll tax breaks and extending unemployment benefits. President Obama told an audience at a New Hampshire high school on Tuesday that their taxes would go up an average of $1,000 to $1,500 unless the payroll tax cuts are extended and expanded as part of his jobs bill.

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● Perfumer indicted for currency violations

● Tracking fracking fluids

● EPA edges closer to strontium rulemaking

● Shopping in a smoke-free environment

● Trade panel rebuffs American consumers

● Students file First Amendment lawsuit

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – October 21, 2014

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More British army medics deploy to Sierra Leone, Ukraine and Russia talk energy in Brussels and the U.N. elects new members to the Human Rights Council.

Smithsonian Board Meeting Disrupted By Staff Seeking Wage Increases

Government employees protested for increased wages at the Smithsonian's annual Board of Regents meeting at the Smithsonian Hirschorn Museum, Oct. 20, 2014. (Photo by James Cullum)

Federal contract workers call for better pay and benefits at the annual Smithsonian Board of Regents meeting on Monday.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – October 20, 2014

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The U.S. transports Kurdish weapons to Kobani, disturbing reports of sexual violence in South Sudan and a very dirty Beijing Marathon.

Rubio Plans To Pursue Travel Ban Legislation

Rubio plans to introduce the new legislation in November when the Senate returns to session.

Perez Avoids Avoids Attorney General Questions

Perez tried to steer the focus of inquiries back on his current job as the Secretary of Labor.