Despite continued signs of an economic slowdown across much of Europe, Germany's economy continues to chug along — and add jobs. Unemployment in September fell to the lowest level since reunification. There may be angst over more bailouts, but German firms continue to hire new people. That's in sharp contrast to the country's struggling, debt-burdened eurozone friends in Greece, Spain and elsewhere. They're even hiring in Berlin, notorious for its cadre of career jobless. A mini high-tech boom is leading the way in the German capital.
Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has reportedly died. Variety magazine reports that he suffered a "sudden stroke." The cause of death is not yet known with certainty, but HBO says the actor may have suffered a heart attack.
The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.
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