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London Real Estate, A Magnet For Mega-Rich From Around The Globe

In most of Britain, property prices are slumping amid a weak economy. But mega-rich foreigners see London's upscale neighborhoods as a safe place to invest, and they are snapping up properties and pushing up prices even though many don't plan to use these homes as a primary residence.
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Illinois Claws At Mountain Of Unfunded Pension Liability

The state has the largest pension-fund shortfall in the nation, with about $96 billion of liability. Lawmakers are running up against a tight deadline: A new Legislature will be sworn in next week. State employees swarmed the Capitol this week to protest the underfunding of their pensions, as well as pending legislation on the issue.
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Diminishing Prospects For The Long-Term Unemployed

Friday's jobs report showed moderate growth, but much remains the same for people who have been out of work for months. As the job market itself changes, some of the longer-term unemployed can be among the last to get hired because of a real or perceived lack of skills.
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Germany's Housing Market Is Hot. Is It Overheating?

Buyers are snapping up property in Germany, leaving some analysts worried that it's a bubble in the making. But others say the conservative approach to home ownership, including a tradition of large down payments, will protect the market from a U.S.-style crash.
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3-D Printing Is (Kind Of) A Big Deal

It's miraculous to see: Press a button, make anything you want. But will it transform the economy?
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As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook

After nearly three years of job growth, the trend is likely to continue, economists say. Retiring baby boomers are expected to create new openings and increase demand in the health care sector as they age.
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After Outsourcing Boom, An 'Insourcing' Comeback?

Following years of moving jobs overseas, some companies are deciding there are benefits to manufacturing products here at home. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the latest jobs numbers and the new trend called "insourcing." Headlee talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Sudeep Reddy and journalist Charles Fishman.

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