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Economy Adds Only 74,000 Jobs In December; Jobless Rate At 6.7 Percent

The unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since late 2008, but the labor force has shrunk. That could be a sign that many Americans still think there just aren't that many job openings out there.
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Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

The number of people affected by a data breach during the holiday shopping season has increased dramatically. Target says customers names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses were taken. It's offering free credit monitoring and "zero liability" for any fraudulent charges.
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Chemical Leak Causes Water Emergency In West Virginia

A chemical used to wash coal seeped into the Elk River near Charleston on Thursday. Customers in more than 100,000 homes and businesses that get their water from one local company have been advised not to drink, wash or bathe with what's coming from their taps. More than 480,000 people live in the affected area.
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Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign

A congressman vying for Sen. John Cornyn's seat announced that he'll accept campaign donations in bitcoin, raising questions about the value of the virtual currency in politics.
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Alcoa Will Pay $384 Million Penalty For Bahrain Bribes

The company's stock slumped after a criminal and civil settlement was announced – and after Alcoa also said it had missed Wall Street analysts' earnings estimates.
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Food Firms Trim Trillions Of Calories From Packaged Treats

In the past few years, major food manufacturers have introduced more healthful versions of their products, such as low-fat ice cream and "light" soups. These efforts have slashed 6.4 trillion calories from packaged foods sold in 2012, a study finds. But does that calorie drop help shrink Americans' growing waistlines?
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Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests

Pennsylvania is the fastest-growing state for natural gas production, but the development is cutting through swathes of previously unbroken forests. Some scientists say this could affect wildlife, which perform important functions like climate and insect control.
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White House Picks Choctaw Nation To Fight Poverty In Oklahoma

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is one of the first five groups to benefit from a new federal anti-poverty program called "Promise Zones," which also include communities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Antonio and southeastern Kentucky. Tribal leaders hope the initiative will bring more opportunities to their impoverished rural community.
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$50 Billion Worth Of Tax Breaks Expire

A bevy of tax breaks — 55 of them, in fact — expired on New Year's Day. They range from a subsidy for the construction of wind farms, to a tax break for NASCAR racetracks. Some of these tax incentives may not be crucial to the national economy — but others are, at least according to the recipients.
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Every Job In America, In 1 Graph

There are about 137 million jobs in America. Here's how they break down — and how the picture has changed over the past few years.

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