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On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, energy companies are hiring, adding 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job, twice as many as in 2009.
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Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.
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2013 A Good Year For Housing And Auto Industries

The economy was still sluggish in 2013, but the housing and auto industries performed well. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR reporter Sonari Glinton, and senior business editor Marilyn Geewax about those booming sectors.
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2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.
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Holiday Shoppers Spent More This Year Than Last

Shoppers spent 2.3 percent more this holiday season, according to data released Friday morning. This would make for the highest holiday sales growth in three years.
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Long-Term Unemployment Benefits To Expire On Saturday

The holiday season will come to an abrupt end for people who have been unemployed for more than six months. Federal long-term unemployment benefits didn't make it through this month's budget negotiations, and are set to expire on Saturday.
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How Consumers Can Guard Against Credit Card Fraud

Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Chi Chi Wu, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, about how consumers can better protect themselves against credit and debt card fraud.
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McDonald's Shuts Down Employee Website

The restaurant chain pulled the plug on the website after what it said was "unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary."
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Obama's Position On Free Trade Marks Subtle Evolution

Two decades after NAFTA created a giant North American free trade zone, the U.S. is negotiating more big trade deals that would span the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. President Obama has embraced the potential agreements as a way to improve the U.S. economy.
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Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services

Two 19-year-olds from New Jersey noticed all of the cars in long-term parking at the airport. They had an idea: Why not rent them out? They raised $6 million in venture capital funding for their company FlightCar.

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