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A Different Road To Work, Bypassing College Dreams

With college costs rising and student debt mounting, some high school graduates in Charlotte, N.C., are opting for an alternative route: European-style apprenticeships. One straight-A student has shifted her sights from an international relations degree to becoming an engineer.
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Facebook Reports Net Loss After Bumpy IPO

Facebook reported a net loss for the second quarter in its first earnings report since a bumpy initial public offering. The company's share price has fallen sharply since the first day of trading. Audie Cornish speaks with Steve Henn.
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Facebook Narrowly Beats Revenue Expectations; Market Isn't Impressed

The company released its first earnings report as a publically traded company Thursday.
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The Disagreement Behind Our Economic Platform

Getting economists of different stripes to agree on Planet Money's six policy proposals wasn't easy — and panel member Dean Baker says the disagreements matter.
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Jobless Claims Drop, Previous Week's Increase Erased

The decline was a surprise. Economists say the Labor Department has been having difficulty applying "seasonal adjustments" to the figures because of changes in the timing of annual shutdowns at auto plants.
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In Drought-Stricken Midwest, It's Fodder Vs. Fuel

As the drought continues to afflict the nation's corn belt, hog and chicken farmers are competing with ethanol factories for scarce and increasingly expensive corn. Meat producers say it's not a fair competition, because government rules call for a minimum level of ethanol production, no matter what the cost. They're campaigning for a suspension of those rules.
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Ichiro Fans In Japan Scramble For Yankees Gear

Ichiro Suzuki's move from the Seattle Mariners to the New York Yankees seems to be popular with his fans back in Japan — even though they now have to dash out and buy new memorabilia with the Yankees logo to show their support.
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Church Steeples Doubling As Cellphone Towers

Cellphone carriers are having a hard time finding places to build new towers, so they're making deals with churches to put antennas in steeples. The Baltimore Sun reports that the churches get more than $1,000 a month for each antenna. A half-dozen congregations in the Baltimore area have now leased out their bell towers.

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