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Impacts Of Raising The Minimum Wage

We explore the lessons from cities that have boosted their minimum wage as D.C. activists try to get a minimum wage hike on the ballot next year.

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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

The silent generation is still paying off mortgages, and baby boomers aren't done with student loans. A new study by Pew Charitable Trusts also shows fewer millennials are taking on mortgages.
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Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Muhammad Yunus — honored for loaning millions to poor women — just turned 75. And he's thrilled to keep on working: 'The word retirement is very harmful.'

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During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

This summer, even the most crowded pools are struggling to hire enough lifeguards, and are cutting hours as a result. In a rebounding economy, teens are opting for higher-paying jobs or no job at all.
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A New Push For Apprenticeship As A Path To Employment

There's a renewed push for apprenticeship programs in the U.S., one supporters say can address a shortage of skilled workers and the financial burden on young people today.

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Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.
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China's Stock Market Unnerves Investors With Another Nosedive

China's stock market continues to fall on the heels of a big drop in June. Steve Inskeep talks to Patrick Chovanec, chief strategist with Silvercrest Asset Management, about China's stock market woes.
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The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?

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