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Job Growth Was Disappointing, But Some See Reasons For Hope

The September jobs report showed a labor market moving forward, but at a slow pace. That may push the Federal Reserve to keep trying to stimulate the economy.
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Amazon Raises Minimum Purchase For Free Shipping By $10

As the busy holiday shopping season looms, the giant retailer raised its minimum order size from $25 to $35. The change took effect Monday, the company says.
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Cities Grapple With Pension Debt

Dozens of local municipalities are facing major budget issues, with pension debts getting much of the blame. And many city workers are finding their retirement funds in danger, or worse. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Fletcher of The Washington Post, about the issue.
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Katy Butler: "Knocking On Heaven's Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death"

About 24 million Americans are helping care for aging parents. One woman's story of how her father's final years led her mother to defy the medical system and meet death on her own terms.

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Fewer Jobs Than Expected In Sept., But Jobless Rate Fell

Though only 148,000 more people were on employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate still dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier. The report, which was delayed more than two weeks because of the partial government shutdown, is the latest look at how the economy is faring.
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Modest Job Growth, No Change In Unemployment Rate Expected

Figures for September are to be released Tuesday morning. The data were delayed by the government shutdown. Economists expect to hear that the jobless rate was unchanged from August's 7.3 percent.
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Seattle Suburb Considers Setting $15 'Living Wage'

The tiny Seattle suburb of SeaTac, home to the airport of the same name, is the latest front in the battle for "living wage" ordinances. On this fall's ballot is a measure mandating a $15 an hour floor for large hospitality and transportation companies. $15 is higher than the base wage in neighboring suburbs, but the heart of economic activity in SeaTac is the international airport — and that's not about to move.
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Shutdown-Delayed Jobs Report To Be Released

On Tuesday, the Labor Department will release the monthly jobs report — more than two weeks later than usual. The September report was delayed by the government shutdown.
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Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results

Charity Navigator's ratings system currently looks at how much a nonprofit spends on its programs versus its overhead. Beginning in 2016, the rating will also factor in a group's effectiveness. But some nonprofits argue that results can be hard to measure — especially if you're working in a war zone.

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Michigan Apple Harvest Recovers, But Pickers Are Scarce

One year ago the Michigan apple harvest, hurt by a winter warm-up and a late spring freeze, was almost nonexistent at 3 million bushels. This fall the crop is projected to yield a record-setting 30 million bushels.

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