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Jobless Claims Dropped By 5,000 Last Week

At 348,000, the number of claims remained at the lowest level in four years. It's another sign of hope for the labor market.
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What's Making Americans Less Thirsty For Gasoline?

The price of gas keeps rising for Americans, but it's not because of rising demand from consumers. In fact, demand has fallen since 2007. Consumers' craving for hybrids and aversion to paying more at the pump are only part of the story.
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Reports: Obama Will Call For Southern Portion Of XL Pipeline To Be Expedited

Unlike the portion that runs across the northern border, this portion doesn't require State Department approval. The move is likely meant to blunt criticism that the president isn't doing enough to curb the price of oil.
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Local Lawmakers Find Fault With House GOP Budget

The new budget proposed by Republicans in the House has roiled local lawmakers, who are objecting to deeper cuts than originally discussed, some requiring federal workers to pay substantially more for their pensions.

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Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche

Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the EPA. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.
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Alexandria Redevelopment Efforts To Go Forward

A judge has ruled against halting Alexandria's waterfront redevelopment plans.
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Alexandria Redevelopment Efforts To Go Forward

A judge has ruled against halting Alexandria's waterfront redevelopment plans.
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First-Time Homebuyers Carry Financial Baggage

Host Rachel Martin speaks with Yale professor Robert Shiller about the challenges facing would-be, first-time home buyers, including stringent mortgage loan standards and record levels of student loan debt. Shiller's home price indices, developed originally with Karl Case, are now published as the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller Home Price Index.

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