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D.C. Latino Leaders Seek To Break Glass Ceiling

The District's Latino population has tripled over the past three decades. So why hasn't that community elected a Latino politician to the D.C. Council?

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Jobless Claims Hit 7-Year Low, But Data Weren't Complete

Two states didn't process all their numbers because they were in the midst of computer upgrades. It's likely the figure will be revised next week, after more data are in.
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Britain Plans To Privatize Royal Mail

British officials unveiled plans Thursday morning to sell the majority of its centuries old postal service. It's the largest privatization of a government service the country has seen in decades. The public offering of the world's oldest postal service would take place in the coming weeks.
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Mexico's Tax Overhaul Has Middle Class Crying Foul

Mexico's president has unveiled a major shakeup of the country's tax system. His administration says it's aimed at capturing more of Mexico's paltry tax collection. Critics say it's unfairly targeting the middle class. Among the items slated for taxing: dog food and private school tuition.
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Village People Singer Wins Copyright Case

Victor Willis has finally won a share of the income from his most famous song. The New York Times reports Willis, you know him as the police officer, has emerged from six years of legal wrestling with a new copyright in hand. The victory gives him substantial control over "YMCA" and 32 other Village People tunes.
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Calif. City Proposes Unique Plan To Avoid Foreclosures

A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday hears arguments over a radical plan to stem the foreclosure crisis. The City of Richmond is proposing to buy underwater mortgages in order to help keep local residents in their homes. If banks don't want to sell those mortgages, the city says it is prepared to invoke eminent domain to seize the mortgages.
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A Check On The Housing Industry

Millions of American homeowners are underwater — that is they owe more than their house is worth. That number though is falling as home prices rise, and as more houses get foreclosed on.
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Mill Closing Is 'Major Setback' For Ala. Town

International Paper will close a mill in Courtland, Alabama, that employs more than 1,000 workers. The company blamed a decline in the demand for paper products in the U.S. for the decision. It said the shutdown will be completed in about six months.
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Two Years On, Protesters Still Fighting Wisconsin Governor

In 2011, Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill stripping collective bargaining rights from most public employees, sparking massive protests at the state Capitol. While most demonstrators eventually went away, a small group did not.
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Long Before Most, Intel Chased The Smart Watch

Long before smart watches became the latest pursuit for tech companies, Gordon Moore of Intel was experimenting with wristwatch computers. Intel's co-founder and his colleagues built a line of chip-powered watches in the late '70s. The concept was visionary, but the business was a failure. Moore now keeps a memento that he calls his "$15 million watch."

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