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A 'Tale Of Two Cities' As Detroit Looks To 2014

It became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy. Its former mayor was sentenced to 28 years in prison. And a TV personality compared it to Chernobyl. But a new year is on the horizon, and for some parts of Detroit, things are looking up. Really.
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Law Schools See Drop In First-Year Students

Law schools are seeing their lowest enrollment numbers of first-year students since the 1970s. It's partly due to the recent recession and partly due to the high cost of law school, according to the president of the American Bar Association.
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Fed's Final 2013 Meeting Could Indicate Course For Early 2014

Federal Reserve officials end a two-day meeting on Wednesday amid signs that the U.S. economy is slowly mending. David Greene talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the Fed's last meeting of the year.
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Retail Workers Forced To Deal With Holiday Tunes

Morning Edition reports on retail workers who are subject to holiday music for hours on end.
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British Monetary Officials Announces Changes

The Bank of England is announcing it will begin circulating plastic money in 2016 — polymer versions of the paper bank notes Britons have used for more than three centuries. Bank officials say the currency should last longer and be harder to counterfeit.
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Tech Execs Complain About NSA During Obama Meeting

Leaders of some of this country's largest technology companies were at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama. While the administration said the meeting would touch on a range of topics, including issues with the health care website, many of the tech executives had another matter on their minds: the National Security Agency.
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Prices Are Low, And That Could Be Bad

With low prices, consumers feel less pain at the gas pump and the grocery store. But superlow inflation often means workers don't see big raises. And it can hurt the economy because consumers hold off purchases, thinking prices will drop some more.
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How This Bay Area Tech Boom's Different From The Last One

Finite rental stock and the latest tech boom are combining to squeeze a lot of San Franciscans out of their homes. One Bay Area writer explains how it's not the same as the last time around.
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Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

Drugmakers learned long ago that deputized doctors are effective pitchmen. A doctor's dinner speech or chat over lunch with colleagues can go a long way toward changing his or her colleagues' prescribing habits. But increasing scrutiny has led to a reconsideration of the practice.
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What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.

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