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FCC Head Asks FAA To Loosen E-Reader Rules

Ever wonder why you have to turn off your e-reader or tablet before a plane takes off and lands? The Hill newspaper obtained a letter written by the head of the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal Aviation Administration. Julius Genachowski has asked for the FAA to loosen the rules on those devices.
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Jobless Rate Drops In First Post-Election Report

The Labor Department reported Friday that the nation's unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in November as employers added 146,000 jobs. In October, the jobless rate was 7.9 percent. Analysts had predicted weaker numbers for November, partly because of the storm's aftermath.
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Michigan Likely To Become A Right-To-Work State

The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.
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Why A 'Fiscal Cliff' Failure Could Help The Economy

If President Obama and Congress can't make a deal this month, the economy could fall into recession while tax bills go up for nearly every American. On the other hand, it would do a lot to erase the nation's deficit.
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Liberating (And Protecting) Health Data

Tech Tuesday talks with Bryan Sivak, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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In Farmers Market, A Free Market Rises In Cuba

Farmers in the communist nation were once banned from freely selling their crops. As the country struggles to feed itself, the government has begun to accept a greater role for the profit motive. Now each night, in a muddy vacant lot on the edge of Havana, a market appears after sundown.
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Why The Falling Birthrate Is Bad News For My 2-Year-Old Son

By the time our children get to be our age, there will be fewer working people for each retiree. So they'll have to pay a bigger share of our retirement costs.
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The Mortgage Interest Deduction And The U.S. Housing Market

The mortgage interest deduction is a key factor in many household budgets and the overall housing market. Who would be hurt and who would be helped if Congress changes the rules.

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Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.7 Percent, As Economy Adds 146,000 Jobs

The economy added 146,000 jobs, beating expectations. Hurricane Sandy had little effect on the numbers.

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