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Why Aren't Wages Outstripping Inflation?

Things appear to be looing good on the economic front: The stock market is up over the past year, profits have been rising and the U.S. economy has been growing for four years. Yet, wages for many American workers have been stagnant. To find out why, Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal.
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Cats Plus Online Videos Equal Precious

Last summer, 10,000 people turned out at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for the first Internet Cat Video Festival. It was such a success, they've brought it back. Scott Stulen, who runs the festival, thinks cats and online videos just work together.
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Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland

If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.
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A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line

A college student getting help from his parents may be below the poverty line. The mother who earns $23,000 a year is not.
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Which U.S. Agencies Have Taken The Most Furlough Days?

The threat of furloughs loomed large early in 2013, when mandatory budget cuts seemed certain to force federal workers to skip anywhere from 10 to 22 days of work without pay. A new tally by Federal News Radio shows that many agencies took fewer than half the days they predicted.
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Muriel Siebert Was One Of the First Women Of Wall Street

Muriel "Mickie" Siebert died on Saturday at the age of 80. Siebert, a well-known figure on Wall Street, was the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1969, she founded her own brokerage firm, Muriel Siebert & Company.
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Inside The 'Bossless' Office, Where The Team Takes Charge

In workplaces like Menlo Innovation, the whole office votes to hire, fire and give promotions. The team at Menlo says the lack of hierarchy makes for a more creative, happier place where the employees are always learning.
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India's Currency Drops Following U.S. Fed Shift In Policy

The problems were triggered when the Federal Reserve said it would soon ease bond buying. Renee Montagne talks to Amy Kazmin, a correspondent for the Financial Times in New Delhi, about the troubles with India's economy.
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Too Much Rain Washes Out Crops In The South

Parts of the South have seen record rainfall this year. After years of drought, you'd think all that rain would be a good thing. But too much of the wet stuff is bad for farmers' crops.
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Fed Decision Sends Brazil's Currency Lower

When the Federal Reserve announced it had a plan to taper U.S. economic stimulus measures, shockwaves were felt across financial markets overseas. Anticipation of the Fed's action has sent Brazil's currency tumbling in one of the world's most important emerging markets.

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