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Future U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Will Require More Brain Than Brawn

The face of manufacturing has changed. In the future, the pool of workers is expected to be smaller. And if workers want to succeed, they'll need continuous improvement with on-the-job education.
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Judge To Rule Friday On Detroit's Bankruptcy Exit

The judge must decide if the plan is fair to Detroit's creditors and feasible for the city to accomplish, as it seeks to shed $7 billion in debt and invest more than a billion in city services.
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Jet Fuel Is Down, But Not Enough For A Thanksgiving Fare War

Airlines say they expect an uptick in Thanksgiving travel. This November, jet fuel prices are down, but carriers are using the saved money to upgrade equipment and software rather than cut fares.
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'Slumlord Watch' Blogger Targets Urban Blight In Baltimore

Carol Ott is an "urban wanderer" with a unique mission: she identifies abandoned buildings around Baltimore, then publishes information about the sites and their owners.

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Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.
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In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

Apprenticeship programs have been in decline, but South Carolina is bucking the trend. Nearly 11,000 apprentices have been trained there since 2007 in fields ranging from manufacturing to nursing.
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D.C. Could Be Overpaying By $25 Million On Soccer Stadium Deal, Analysis Says

Advocates of a proposal to build a new soccer stadium for D.C. United say it will have major benefits for the city, but a new analysis shows the city may be overpaying in the land-swap deal that would make it happen.
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Thumbs Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota overwhelmingly approved minimum-wage hikes. Illinois voters approved a nonbinding wage-hike referendum. Recreational pot was approved in Oregon.
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It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling

The U.S. is now the world's largest oil producer, and some worry that falling prices could mean an industry slowdown. But with production costs also falling, drillers are unlikely to cut back soon.
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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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