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Socialism, Capitalism: Merriam-Webster's Odd-Couple Words Of The Year

The two words, said the dictionary's editor, are essentially antonyms but tell us just how divided the country was during a presidential election that presented a stark decision for the future.
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How Helpful Is Extending Unemployment Benefits?

About 2 million Americans could lose unemployment checks if Congress doesn't extend emergency federal benefits by the end of the year. Host Michel Martin talks about new research challenging conventional wisdom about unemployment checks. Guests include James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation and Judy Conti of the National Employment Law Project.
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Citigroup Cutting 11,000 Jobs, Taking $1.1 Billion In Charges

Banks have been under increasing pressure to cut costs and eliminate redundancies. The cuts will eliminate about 4 percent of Citi's workforce.
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Deal Struck To End L.A. Port Strike; Walkout Was Delaying Billions In Goods

Clerical workers walked out a week ago, demanding guarantees that their jobs won't be outsourced in the future. Longshoremen wouldn't cross the picket lines, bringing the nation's busiest ports to a standstill. But work should resume there today.
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Deal Reached In Calif. Port Workers Strike

A tentative agreement has been reached to end an eight-day strike that crippled the nation's largest port complex. Shippers were prevented from delivering billions of dollars in cargo to warehouses and distribution centers across the country.
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Facebook To Join Nasdaq 100 Next Week

The social network is replacing Indian tech company Infosys. It used to be that companies had to be listed on the Nasdaq for two years before they could become part of the elite index. Facebook only had to wait three months, thanks to some rule changes.
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Cooper Union Students Protest Threat To Free Tuition

A student occupation at Cooper Union is entering its third day. The New York school of art, architecture and engineering is famous for not charging tuition to undergraduates. Administrators say the school is facing a financial crisis and needs to find new revenue sources.

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