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No Excuses: Robots Put You In Two Places At Once

It's getting cheaper to be there even when you're far away. Companies that make "telepresence robots" hope to save busy people the hassle of travel.
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Midwest Learns To Manufacture More With Less

It was a good year for manufacturing, especially in the Midwest. The Federal Reserve says Midwestern manufacturing has seen 28 consecutive months of growth — at higher rates than the rest of the country. But that doesn't mean that jobs lost during the recession are returning. The jobs that are available often call for highly skilled workers.
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Iraqi Refugees Struggle For Peace In America

The Iraq War may be officially over, but for thousands of Iraqis who fled to America during the conflict, there's no going home. Many left successful careers to settle in Detroit, where finding a future is a challenge.
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Unemployed Rely More On Family Than Government

A Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR survey shows that many people enduring long-term joblessness have been relying more heavily on friends and family than government or other safety net services to get by. Many surveyed also say that, so far, the federal government's efforts to boost the economy and job market have done more harm than good.
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Even Finish Masks Volatile Year For U.S. Economy

Stocks ended up around close to where they started the year. Markets were mostly unfazed by the U.S. debt downgrade. But big changes in the European economy and governments in the Middle East made for a tumultuous year, when what sent the market into a tailspin often took place overseas.
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Year in Review: Science Stories of 2011

From the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant to the end of NASA"s shuttle program, a great deal of science stories made headlines this year. Science writers Mariette DiChristina, Matt Crenson, Steven Levy, and Paul Raeburn join Ira Flatow to discuss the year's top stories in science.
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First 79 Of The 100+ Sears And Kmart Stores Being Closed Are Identified

Sears Holdings plans to close 100 to 120 of its locations as it seeks to cut costs. So far, Florida is home to the most that will be shuttered — 11.
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'Outrage' Over Verizon's Plan For $2 Payment Fee

The company calls it a "convenience fee." Some customers call it "outrageous." Is Verizon headed for a "Bank of America moment?"
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Customer Service Rep Is Fired For Email Response

A customer of Avenge Controller wrote the company wanting to know when the game controller he had ordered would arrive. A representative answering emails replied, "Grow up you look like a complete child bro." The customer forwarded the reply to some video game blogs. Within hours, a video lampooning the service rep had gone viral.

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