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NHL lockout talks to resume Tuesday

The NHL lockout has already wiped out the first two weeks of the regular season, and more games could be cancelled soon unless a resolution is reached. The good news is that labor negotiations will resume Tuesday, with the main issue - hockey related revenue - being discussed.
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