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Cold Temperatures Boost Demand For Natural Gas

Prices for natural gas are rising again with much of the nation experiencing cold weather. In Ohio, utilities are asking customers to turn down thermostats to make sure there's enough gas for everyone.
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Product Launches Expected To Drag Ford's 2014 Profits Down

Ford Motor Company closed the books on 2013 with a strong fourth quarter. For the year, Ford's net earnings surpassed $7 billion. It delivered 6.3 million vehicles, an increase of more than half a million over 2012. But Ford is warning this year will be a tough one.
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NCAA To Fight Football Team's Decision To Unionize

College football and basketball are big business. So are the players of those sports just students, or are they employees with the right to unionize? Football players at Northwestern University have voted to form a union.
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Interpol On The Case Of Stolen Stradivarius

Frank Almond of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra had just finished a performance Monday night with his 1715 Stradivarius, when it was stolen from him. The violin is estimated to be worth $6 million.
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On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything

Rough-and-tumble towns have popped up in areas once dominated by sleepy farming hamlets. Black gold has brought big-money jobs, but housing is expensive, crime has spiked, and water is running out.
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Who Are The Long-Term Unemployed? (In 3 Graphs)

In 2013, nearly 40 percent of unemployed workers had been looking for work for six months or longer.
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A Chinese Company Brings Hope To Former GM Workers In Ohio

For years, industrial cities across the U.S. have watched factories pack up and leave, taking their operations to Mexico or China. But recently a Chinese auto glass maker announced plans to bring new life to a former General Motors plant near Dayton, Ohio.
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Illinois Train Conductor's Challenge: Keep The Beer From Freezing

In extreme cold, beer is particularly vulnerable when it's waiting to go into "the beer house." The bottles and cans are fairly safe as long as the cars they're in are kept moving, a train conductor says.
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How A Divorce Can Boost Health Insurance Subsidies

If a couple divorces, each person's eligibility for insurance-related tax credits will generally be based on his or her own annual income. The former spouse's income won't be counted, even if the couple filed taxes jointly the previous year.
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One Way Lawmakers Are Trying To Prevent Government IT Disasters

HealthCare.gov's launch problems inspired legislation aimed at ending a cycle of costly federal IT failures. The measure would create a Digital Government Office charged with reviewing and guiding major IT projects and boost competition for contracts.

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