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Morning six-pack: What we're reading Monday

Attendees listen to Angelina Tennis who is recruiting for jobs at First Command Financial Services during a job fair for veteran job seekers at the Harvey W. Seed American Legion Post 29 on October 22, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
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Attendees listen to Angelina Tennis who is recruiting for jobs at First Command Financial Services during a job fair for veteran job seekers at the Harvey W. Seed American Legion Post 29 on October 22, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Happy Monday. Only four more shopping days until the weekend.

It's good to be a woman. For the ladies, employment is back to precrisis levels. For the dudes, not so much. (Wall Street Journal)

Here's an ugly truth: The financial crisis should have wiped out more banks, or so says a European regulator. (International Business Times)

Five. Five. Five-bitcoin-foot-long. It might not have the same ring, but, yes, a Subway is accepting bitcoins. A sandwich costs a lot less than 5 bitcoins, anyway. (The Express-Times)

We predicted a while back that the regulators were going to step in on the bitcoin trade soon. New York's ready to jump. (The Verge)

Here's something Amazon does that the U.S. Postal Services does not. (The Street)

And, finally ... U.S. cities have (almost) only themselves to blame for their fiscal hardships. CNBC.com's John W. Schoen explains.

—By CNBC's Jeff Cox. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxCNBCcom.

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