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The National Football League announced a new long-term deal with DirecTV for it to carry Sunday Ticket, which was set to expire soon.  The new deal will expand DirecTV's rights to stream Sunday Ticket programming live on mobile devices and through broadband.  Renewal of the agreement was thought to be key in the AT&T – DirecTV merger deal. (CNBC)

Still think the job market is not really getting better? The number of planned layoffs by US employers fell to a 14-year low in September. Employers planned to cut 30,477 jobs in the month. Heading into the fourth quarter, 2014 is now on track to have the lowest number of planned job cuts since 1997. (Challenger, Gray & Christmas/CNBC)

U.S. student debt has climbed to an all-time high, despite a decrease in consumer debt for all other major lending categories such as automotive debt, credit card and home equity loans. Behind mortgages, student loans are the second largest debt class. Now at $1.2 trillion, student debt has increased 84% since the 2008 Great Recession. Mississippi, Oklahoma and Louisiana had the highest amount of late payments. Massachusetts, Vermont and Minnesota had the least amount of late payments. (CNBC)

In another example of why costs go up.  A shopper at a Costco Wholesale store in Northeast Portland is suing the store for $670,000.  The male shopper says that he was pushing his shopping cart out of the store when he was detained because he wouldn't stop and show his receipt. The shopper tried to remove one of the employees who was holding on to his cart by grabbing the employee's shirt collar. A second employee then used a martial-arts-style kick to strike  breaking his leg in several places. (Oregon Live)
 

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