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- The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued its first securities fraud whistleblower award under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. [CNN Money]
- A top adviser to Mitt Romney’s campaign says he would suggest retaining Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman should Romney win the election. [Reuters]
- President Obama will extend a two-year pay freeze for federal workers until at least next spring. [Washington Post]
- After years of negotiations, Russia joined the World Trade Organization today. [Bloomberg]
- Americans waste 40 percent — $165 billion worth — of produce and meats each year, a new study says. [Washington Post]
- The Federal Housing Administration released new rules aimed at making it easier for homeowners to sell their homes for less than they owe on their mortgage. [Wall Street Journal]
- Prohibited from campuses, credit card companies are using social media to target college students. [Boston Globe]