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USDA Grants Santa Special Livestock Permit

All of Santa's reindeer have gotten the green light from the Agriculture Department to enter U.S. territory. The USDA granted Mr. S. Claus a special livestock permit. And in the spirit of Christmas, the department waived the normal application fees and disease testing requirement for his reindeer.
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Thousands Fall From Middle Class After RV Industry Collapse

Officials in Oregon have kept records on what happened to thousands of people who lost their jobs when RV manufacturing in that state imploded during the recession. A major swath of people have dropped from middle-wage earners to low-wage earners, which is a trend we're seeing across the U.S. Another group of people did even worse.
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Administration Extends Health Insurance Deadline Again

A midnight deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act that starts Jan. 1 has been extended by a day. The White House describes the extension as an effort to accommodate people in different time zones.
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Target's Troubles Mount After Payment Data Breach

Target is having a rocky holiday season. The retailer faces consumer lawsuits and probes by state prosecutors following the theft of 40 million credit and debit card accounts from customers who shopped at Target in recent weeks.
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How Paternity Leave For New Dads Benefit Women

David Greene talks to Liza Mundy about her article "The Daddy Track." In The Atlantic magazine, she writes about how women benefit when men take paternity leave. Mundy is a program director at the New America Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank that focuses on a variety of issues.
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Check Out These Gorgeous, Futuristic Tech Company Headquarters

Historically, companies often viewed buildings as simply a cost, one architect consultant says. Now they're beginning to think about them as an asset — something that can be used to drive creativity and performance and attract and retain talent.
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The President And A Majority of Americans Want A Minimum Wage Hike

Seven dollars and twenty five cents: That's the federal minimum wage and today's installment in our number of the year series. The hourly minimum wage hasn't budged in more than four years. President Obama is making a push to change that.
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How To Protect Yourself And Your Data After Target Hacker Breach

It was reported that some 40 million people may have been victims of a hacking spree at Target recently. What should people who may have been in that group do now to protect themselves and their accounts? Robert Siegel speaks with Mark Rasch, a security expert and former Department of Justice cyber crime prosecutor, for more advice for those who may have been affected.
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Insurers Dismayed Over Obamacare Rule Changes

At the last minute, the Obama administration gave consumers more time to sign up for health insurance starting Jan. 1. People will now have until the end of Christmas Eve, giving them an additional day. The administration hopes a late surge of enrollments will boost numbers, which have lagged far behind expectations. The insurance industry is hoping the same thing. But it is also expressing dismay over recent changes to the law that allow some people to opt out of the individual mandate or purchase plans otherwise prohibited under the law.
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1.3 Million Americans Prepare For Life After Unemployment Checks

Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans expire this Saturday. Congress refused to approve another extension of benefits for the long term unemployed before the end of the year. Illinois could be one of the state's most affected, as it's 8.7 percent unemployment rate is well above the national average. For two of the state's long-term unemployed, the abrupt end of unemployment benefits will have a big effect.

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