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December Jobs Report Has Analysts Flummoxed

Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

The U.S. economy gained just 74,000 jobs in December, according to a disappointing report released by the Labor Department on Friday. Economists had been expecting nearly three times as many jobs. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 6.7 percent. It's not that more jobs were created, though — many of the long-term unemployed just stopped looking.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies At 85

Sat, 2014-01-11 04:53

Sharon was one of Israel's most iconic figures. Before being elected prime minister in 2001, he had served as one of the county's most lauded generals.

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Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics

Sat, 2014-01-11 02:26

Artist Orion Martin recently posted several images reimagining X-Men characters as people of color. This touched off a conversation about race in comic book worlds, and how these comic book depictions relate to real life.

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The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past

Sat, 2014-01-11 02:26

When the bathroom building went up behind a small Louisiana church in 1959, the doors were painted different colors. Ushers would follow black parishioners outside to make sure they entered the correct door. The once-segregated bathroom recently became part of a discussion of racism, a from-the-pulpit apology, and a demolition.

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Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch

Sat, 2014-01-11 02:25

In an effort to save a tiny 1920s Sears kit house from demolition, architects are offering it free to anyone who can move it to another property. Current owners of the Arlington, Va., plot want to build a bigger home where the kit house stands.

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Former Reagan White House Spokesman Larry Speakes Dies

Fri, 2014-01-10 19:00

Speaks became acting White House press secretary after President Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary James Brady were shot in a 1981 assassination attempt — and held the position for six years. He was 74.

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Neiman Marcus Says Hackers Stole Credit Card Data

Fri, 2014-01-10 17:47

The upscale retailer isn't yet saying how many customers might be at risk, but it is confirming that a breach of credit card data took place. The company says it learned of "potentially unauthorized payment card activity" before Christmas.

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$1.35 Billion In Losses Reported By Nevada's Major Casinos

Fri, 2014-01-10 16:55

For the fifth straight year, Nevada's big casinos report net losses – a total of $1.35 billion in the most recent fiscal year. Statewide, 263 casinos grossed at least $1 million in gaming revenue, totaling $23 billion, according to a report released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

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Will Bad Jobless Data Spur Action On Unemployment Insurance?

Fri, 2014-01-10 16:17

Just as the Senate seemed to descend into another round of partisan gridlock, this time over extending emergency jobless benefits, the arrival of a surprisingly weak December jobs report raised the pressure on lawmakers to act.

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The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees

Fri, 2014-01-10 15:45

Scientists say that the freezing weather can help reduce the population of a beetle that harms trees, as well as other invasive species. In Minnesota, up to 80 percent of the beetle's larvae may die off, buying some time for those who feared its negative effects on the ash tree population.

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N.J. Bridge Scandal: New Emails And Documents Are Released

Fri, 2014-01-10 14:44

A New Jersey committee released a trove of documents Friday that shed more light on the bridge lane-closure scandal that is embroiling Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration. The panel is seeking details on what's seen as an act of political retribution.

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American Beer Fans, Praise The Heavens: A Trappist Brewery In U.S.

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:54

Trappist monks are known for producing some of the world's finest beers. But until recently, all of them were brewed in Europe. Next week, Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the monks of St. Joseph's Abbey in Massachusetts, hits retail shelves.

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Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:51

A potent, syrupy extract of marijuana has become a popular way to ingest pot among young people, particularly in places where pot use has been liberalized. That has public safety officials worried, in part because making the substance can have explosive side effects.

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A Story Of The Boston Marathon Bombing, As Told On Skates

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:42

Figure skater Ross Miner hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympics, and the final competition starts Friday night in Boston, where Miner will perform his experience of last year's bombing, through moves and music.

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How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule

Fri, 2014-01-10 13:00

An obscure provision in the finance overhaul is causing problems for small banks. It turns out, it's hard to figure out which risks banks should be allowed to take.

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Dying Stars Write Their Own Swan Songs

Fri, 2014-01-10 12:59

Astronomy professor Alicia Soderberg is turning the final moments of stars into music. In doing so, she's learning just how different the supernova explosions can be.

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An Execution In North Korea Has A Chilling Effect In China

Fri, 2014-01-10 12:52

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's execution of his uncle was about more than an internal power struggle. Jang Song Thaek oversaw economic ties with China and was accused of selling North Korean resources to its main ally on the cheap.

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Tech Week That Was: CES, T-Mobile CEO And Predictions For 2014

Fri, 2014-01-10 12:11

In this first full week of 2014, tech headlines came fast and furiously out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, and beyond.

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What's Behind The Drop In Unemployment

Fri, 2014-01-10 11:43

The unexpected dip to 6.7 percent may seem like good news, but the rate slid in December in part because the country found itself with a smaller workforce as people retired or just dropped out. At the same time, most of the jobs being created are in low-wage industries.

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Half Of A Drug's Power Comes From Thinking It Will Work

Fri, 2014-01-10 11:38

Words matter when it comes to medicine. By comparing placebo pills labeled as migraine medicine with medicine labeled placebos, doctors figured out that half of the pain relief of medication comes from a person's belief in its effectiveness.

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