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New York's Insurance Exchange Readies For Holiday Rush

As a Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for health insurance that starts Jan. 1 looms, New York state is staffing up its call center and smoothing out the rough spots on its application to meet growing demand. As time runs down, the state is trying to fix technical and design issues that came up when the site debuted in October.
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WTO Nations Say Deal Will Boost Global Trade

Officials from 159 countries took a big step forward in promoting global trade over the weekend at World Trade Organization talks in Indonesia.
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How NAFTA Drove The Auto Industry South

President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law 20 years ago on Dec. 8, 1993. One of the clear beneficiaries over the past two decades has been the Mexican automobile industry.
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Is Mining On The Moon's Horizon?

California-based Moon Express just unveiled the design for a small robot spacecraft about the size of a coffee table that it says could move about the moon's surface powered only by solar panels and hydrogen peroxide.
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Virginia Touts Significant Growth In Agricultural Exports

Agriculture is booming in Virginia, according to the state's secretary of agriculture, with all-time highs in the state's exports.

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NAFTA Turns 20, To Mixed Reviews

New Year's Day will be the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The passage of NAFTA by Congress was one of the most controversial events of the 1990s. Critics predicted a massive loss of American jobs to low-wage Mexico, but most manufacturing jobs went elsewhere instead.
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Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party

In December 1993, President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law. Presidential candidate Ross Perot predicted Americans would hear a "giant sucking sound" as Mexico vacuumed up U.S. jobs. Economists say that the worst of Perot's fears never materialized. But opponents still see downsides.
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Fishery Closure Puts New England's Shrimp Season On Ice

After several years of declining shrimp stocks, regulators have imposed a moratorium on shrimping in New England waters. The closure could hurt commercial fisherman and future demand for the Gulf of Maine shrimp, but scientists say the move may be the only way to prevent the population from collapsing.
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Planet Money T-Shirt Exposes Issues Of Work, Trade And Clothes

All this week, All Things Considered and Morning Edition has aired stories about the global journey a T-shirt makes from seed to finished product. Over the months NPR's Planet Money team spent reporting the series, they tackled questions about trade, work and clothes play in the global economy. There's a whole lot more about a simple T-shirt's journey from cotton to completion here.
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Unemployment Drops To Five Year Low

The Labor Department released the jobs report for November on Friday morning. The report showed that 204,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month and the unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent, a five-year low.

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