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Jobless Rate Dips To 8.5 Percent, 200,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls

The unemployment rate is near a three-year low and there were 1.9 million private-sector jobs added to payrolls last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
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Winter Wonderland? Not In New England

Unseasonable temperatures and lack of snow have a lot of New Englanders singing the blues. In Maine, snowmobiling, ice fishing and Nordic skiing are a big part of the winter economy. Downhill ski areas are making due with man-made snow, but those other industries have no choice but to wait for Mother Nature.
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FDA Agrees To Limit Antibiotics In Livestock

The FDA is increasing regulations on a class of antibiotic drugs commonly used by livestock producers. The drugs are great for treating infections in animals and humans. Food safety advocates say the over-use of cephalosporin in animals has contributed to the development of diseases that tolerate the antibiotic.
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China Issues Year Of The Dragon Stamp

According to the traditional Chinese calendar, the Year of the Rabbit gives way to the Year of the Dragon later this month. The government started selling stamps to commemorate the New Year. After months of cute bunny stamps, some Chinese say the dragon stamp is too ferocious.
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Sanctions On Iran Effect Ordinary Iranians Psyche

European Union countries are considering a ban on importing Iranian oil. That debate follows new U.S. sanctions against Iran's central bank. Writer Hooman Majd, who has recently returned from Tehran, tells Steve Inskeep that Iranians are concerned about their economy.
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Barnes & Noble Explores Separating Nook Business

Barnes & Noble's stock took a tumble Thursday after the bookseller announced that it is thinking about separating its Nook e-readers from the rest of its business. Separation could be a good thing if it just means the tablet business will be independently managed.
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December's Jobless Rate Expected To Tick Higher

The Labor Department comes out with its latest unemployment report Friday morning. Analysts expect 15,000 jobs were created. But they also forecast that December's jobless rate will edge higher from 8.6 percent to 8.7 percent. A separate survey on private sector hiring showed strong gains in December.

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