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Manufacturing Industry Gained Momentum In 2011

Manufacturing jobs in the U.S. had a strong finish in 2011, according to the Federal Reserve.That advance is expected to carry over into 2012. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Renee Montagne about what the data means for the anemic global economy.
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Is The Captain Required To Stay On A Sinking Ship?

Nearly a week after a cruise ship capsized off the coast of Italy, its captain is under house arrest and could face charges of multiple manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning ship. Rod Sullivan, professor of maritime law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, tells Steve Inskeep the captain has no legal obligation to go down with the ship.
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Billionaire Makes Monumental Donation After Quake

When the Washington Monument was damaged after an earthquake last summer, Congress committed $7.5 million to fix it but expected the public to pay the other $7.5 million. It turns out the public will be just one person. The Washington Post reports billionaire David Rubenstein will make the $7.5 million donation Thursday.
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Kodak Files For Chapter 11 Protection

In a moved that had been expected, Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday. It raises the specter that the 132-year-old trailblazer could become the most storied casualty of a digital age that has whipped up a maelstrom of economic, social and technological change.
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Silicon Valley Homebuilder Finds A Profitable Niche

The U.S. housing industry has yet to recover from the last recession, but you wouldn't know that by looking at rising home prices in California's still-prosperous Silicon Valley. By being conservative with his ventures, James Witt has made a successful business out of rebuilding Palo Alto homes.
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Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

U.S.-based solar panel manufacturers say inexpensive panels from China are hurting their business and want a tariff slapped on the imports. But other parts of the industry, such as installers, say the cheaper panels are driving a solar power boom in the U.S.
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Rejected Pipeline Becomes Hot-Button Election Issue

The Obama administration has rejected a Canadian company's permit request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The president said he turned down the proposal because congressional Republicans gave him a 60-day deadline that did not allow for a thorough review of the project.

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