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Alabama Offers New Enticement To Lure Airbus

It's not unusual for states to offer up tax breaks and other incentives to lure industry. Now, Alabama is adding a new enticement for European airplane maker Airbus and its suppliers: protection from legal liability.

Are There Too Many Ph.D.s And Not Enough Jobs?

Our country needs more people with science, math and engineering degrees — at least, that's the common refrain among politicians and educators. Yet new numbers show people with doctoral degrees in those subjects increasingly struggle to find employment.

Could This Robot Save Your Job?

Baxter is billed by his makers as a "collaborative manufacturing robot." It can work alongside humans to do simple, repetitive tasks. While some analysts fear that automation like this will kill jobs, Baxter's inventor says such robots could preserve jobs by helping the U.S. remain competitive.

Gluten Goodbye: One-Third Of Americans Say They're Trying To Shun It

Almost one-third of Americans say they're trying to avoid eating gluten, according to a new survey. This despite the fact that only a small fraction of those people have celiac disease.
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Cyprus And EU Bailouts

Cyprus seeks alternatives after rejecting European bailout terms. How the financial crisis in Cyprus tests Germany, the European Union and world markets.


When A Good Jobs Report Is Bad For Political Spin

Friday's surprisingly good jobs report and the lowest unemployment level in four years had many economists celebrating. The president and Republican congressional leaders, not so much. Ironically, the slice of good economic news could contradict the narrative each side is using to try to shape fiscal policy.

5 Things The Jobs Report Tells Us About The Economy (Or Not)

Sure, the economy added 236,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture. We look at five points economists are debating.

In Open Source Rocket Competition, Collaboration Takes Off

The challenge, launching during the SXSW festival Saturday, asks anyone with an Internet connection to try to create a rocket engine. The 3-D designs can be edited by users around the globe, a model the organizers hope will decrease the cost of space innovation and unleash "untapped potential around the world."
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Loehmann's 'Grab the Gown' Attracts Long Lines

Several dozen bargain shoppers camped outside Loehmann's in Friendship Heights to snag a discount on brand name wedding dresses.