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Tourism Boom Pays Off For N.Y. Hotel Union

A new contract for the city's hotel workers includes higher wages, health care benefits and pensions. And at a time when labor negotiations often involve drawn out and sometimes bitter fights, the contract was agreed upon early.
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Opponents Of Metro Fare Hikes Say Increases Are Too Much

Metro customers turned out to oppose fare hikes at a Metro board public hearing Thursday. Speakers said the increases could be prohibitive for those on fixed incomes.

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As Gas Prices Rise, Natural Gas Vehicles Get A Boost

With gasoline prices on the rise and pressure mounting to make better use of domestic energy, natural gas vehicles are making a comeback. Climate change is also driving demand — natural gas produces 20 to 30 percent fewer carbon emissions than diesel.
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Shrinking Community Grants Put Cities In A Crunch

Cities are struggling to figure out how to deal with a cut of about $1 billion over the past two years in federal community development block grants. Critics say a complicated funding formula has hit some cities especially hard, with cuts of more than 40 percent from last year.
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How A Swing-State Upswing Could Alter The '12 Race

For the better part of a year, the GOP presidential hopefuls have staked their campaigns on the lousy economy under President Obama. Now, with the jobs picture in the swing states of the Midwest actually better than the national average, Republicans may have to recalibrate.
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Greek Bondholders Won't Be Paid, For Now

An international trade association ruled Thursday that the restructuring of Greece's government debt is not yet a "credit event." It means, for now, that Greek bondholders who took out billions of dollars of insurance contracts against Greece defaulting on its debt won't be paid. Robert Siegel talks with Scheherazade Rehman, Director of the European Union Research Center at The George Washington University.
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Immigrants Cope With The Stress Of Long Hours, Low Pay

Two men from El Salvador who work as office cleaners in downtown D.C. share the challenges they face as immigrants working in a low-wage job.

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Jobless Claims Ticked Down Again, Consumer Spending Edged Up

There were 2,000 fewer first-time claims for unemployment last week than in the week before. Meanwhile, consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in January from December.
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Congress Works To Mend Economy, Approval Ratings

House Majority leader Eric Cantor is pushing a package of small business bills that also has the support of President Obama. The rare instance of cooperation could mark a change in strategy for the House following historically low approval numbers for Congress and rising poll numbers for the president.

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