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What Is A Good Unemployment Number, Really?

On Friday, new unemployment numbers will be released for December. In last month's report, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent, a four-year low. For a preview of the labor market prospects for the new year, Steve Inskeep talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, an international consulting firm.
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Al-Jazeera Buys Current TV

The acquisition gives Al-Jazeera, which is financed by the Qatari government, access to an American TV audience. The new channel, Al-Jazeera America, will be based in New York.
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Avis And Zipcar Partnership Could Reshape Rental Business

Avis, the car rental giant, is buying Zipcar for $500 million. Zipcar pioneered car sharing, a term that implied a membership and rentals as short as an hour. Zipcar grew fast for years, but that trajectory slowed in recent years and it became a takeover target.
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Some Frustrated After Congress Kicks The Can On Debt Ceiling, Spending Cuts

Throughout the fiscal cliff drama, business leaders pressed Washington for a deal. But the limited nature of the bill that passed is unlikely to make many business leaders happy.
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Tech Idea List: 5 Nerds To Watch In 2013

In Silicon Valley and around the world there are thousands of folks toiling away on new technologies, convinced that the thing they are building will transform the way we live. NPR's Steve Henn introduces us to five techies whose research and work he'll be keeping a close eye on in the coming year.
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'Rum Cliff' And Other Close Shaves In The Tax, Spending Deal

An electric scooter incentive and a credit to Hollywood to encourage U.S.-based movie and television productions are among some of the more obscure breaks in the fiscal cliff deal.
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Economists See (OK-ish) Growth In 2013

Now that Congress has removed some of the uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff," most forecasters are saying the U.S. economy will expand by about 2 percent in the new year. That's a sluggish pace, but strong enough to keep lowering unemployment and boosting housing. Prospects for aircraft makers and farmers are also looking promising, helped by exports.
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FTC Offers $50,000 Reward To Help Stop Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission receives more than 200,000 complaints a month about phone solicitations offering everything from lower credit card interest rates to new products. The commission is offering $50,000 to whoever can come up with a way to block them.

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