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Yellen To Say Economy Needs Support, New Data Seem To Agree

Janet Yellen, President Obama's nominee to head the Federal Reserve, has her confirmation hearing Thursday. Before she spoke, there was word that the number of first-time claims filed for jobless benefits fell only slightly last week.
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How Best To Manage Workplace Bullying

Some form of hazing or bullying seems part of sports and military culture but what about in office environments? Linda Wertheimer talks to Gary Namie, director of the Workplace Bullying Institute, about what subtle forms of bullying can take place in the workplace.
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Rep. Waxman Weighs In On Affordable Care Act Problems

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California about the lower-than-expected number of Americans who successfully signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. A growing group of Democrats are backing a Republican plan to delay the penalties or allow Americans to keep their current plans.
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Senate Panel To Hear From Fed Chief Nominee Janet Yellen

The first woman to be nominated to head the Federal Reserve takes the witness chair on Capitol Hill Thursday morning for her confirmation hearing. Janet Yellen's challenge will be to reassure her Democratic supporters that she's focused on job creation, while convincing at least a few Republicans that she'll keep inflation in check.
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Health Care Registration Numbers Are Revealed

The Obama administration says just about 100,000 people managed to choose health plans through the federal and state health exchanges during their first month of the program. Critics say that shows the law is failing. But most analysts say the first month's numbers wouldn't have meant very much, even if the federal website had been working properly.
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Contractors Lobby For Alternatives To Military Cuts

Congress has a little less than two months to head off $20 billion of cuts to the Pentagon budget. It's the second wave of mandated sequestration that kicked in this year. Military contractors say more cuts would be catastrophic.
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U.S. Oil Production Surpasses Foreign Imports

The U.S. produced more crude oil than it imported in October. That's the first time that has happened since 1995. The U.S. is still a long way from energy independence, but the trend is decidedly positive.
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Fracking Boom Gives U.S. Geopolitical Leverage

Steve Inskeep talks to Gregory Zuckerman, a senior writer with The Wall Street Journal, about how the fracking boom has given the U.S. power in pushing for an agreement with Iran on its nuclear weapons program. Zuckerman is the author of The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters.
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Will Bitcoin Ever Rival U.S. Dollar?

Bitcoin is an online currency backed by nothing except faith that others will accept it. A young American couple wondered how far could they could push it. The Wall Street Journal reports the couple traveled to three continents, and managed to persuade merchants everywhere to accept the currency. Almost everywhere — they did go hungry for a night in Stockholm.
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How The Sharing Economy Is Changing The Places We Work

The sharing economy is already changing several sectors: housing, transportation, retail. In some cities, it's changing the way we work. As more people start their own enterprises, they're shunning traditional offices and choosing to share space instead.

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