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Before The Holiday Weekend, Latest Jobless Report Is Issued

The report comes out a day earlier than normal because of the July 4 holiday. The job market has been racking up healthy gains this year, and the latest report is expected to show continued growth.
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A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment

Youth joblessness remains remarkably high across the country, threatening long-term trouble for young people's career trajectories, earning potential and the overall health of the economy.
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Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.
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For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each

Empty lots have multiplied in parts of Chicago in recent years, so the city is selling them to homeowners dirt cheap. It's an effort to spark renewal in some of the city's most blighted areas.
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A Tale Of Two Cities: Mixing The Urban Poor Into A Rich Urban Life

Instead of razing slums and shunting the poor from sight, inclusive cities build bridges — or in one case, an escalator — from poverty to economic opportunity.
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BNP Paribas Agrees To Nearly $9 Billion Fine And Admission Of Guilt

The French banking giant BNP Paribas will pay a penalty of nearly $9 billion and plead guilty to criminal charges for doing business with countries sanctioned by the U.S.
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In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence

Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. — especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.
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For Tipped Workers, A Different Minimum Wage Battle

The debate over the federal minimum wage, which raised to $7.25 in 2009, is playing out across the country. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for tipped workers hasn't gone up for 23 years.
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Housing Market Fake-Outs Stump Economists

More than six years after the housing crash, the housing market may be better-than-dismal, but the slog back to normal is still disappointingly long and slow.
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Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That

Europeans throw away about 90 million tons of food each year. A new German website aims to ratchet that number down a bit by connecting people with leftovers to spare with people who could use them.

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