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Recent Veterans Find Higher Jobless Rates On Return

The unemployment rate for vets who served since September 2001 is higher than the overall U.S. rate. Though veteran unemployment was the subject of a recently passed bill, one veterans advocate says he worries that as Americans grow weary of hearing about war, Congress will also stop paying attention.
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D.C. Fire Chief Aims To Cut Force

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe is proposing changes to the city's shift structure that will save the city money by increasing the number of days firefighters work from 8 to 22.

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Fed Cuts Expected To Hit D.C. Hospitality Industry Hard

Federal budget cuts imposed by President Obama could have a disproportionate effect on the D.C. travel and hospitality industries.

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Stocks Soar, But How Strong Is The Economy?

Reports of increased hiring and strength in manufacturing along with central banks moving to help ease Europe's financial crisis sent stock markets up sharply Wednesday. Analysts said the economy isn't on the verge of booming, but the risks of a double-dip recession have eased.
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Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cut in Scranton, Pa.

President Obama traveled to Scranton, Pa., to promote an extension of the payroll tax cut on the first $106,000 in income. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.

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A 'Holiday Greeting Card' To Financial Markets?

Guy Raz talks to Felix Salmon, a finance blogger for Reuters. Salmon explains Wednesday's actions by six central banks to improve access to U.S. dollars internationally.
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Central Banks Act Sends Stock Markets Soaring

The major central banks of the world moved Wednesday to prevent a banking crisis in Europe. They're providing more liquidity to the European banking system in hopes that big banks there will remain solvent and continue to make loans. The coordinated move by the central banks sent stock markets soaring. But it will not even begin to fix Europe's fundamental economic problems.

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