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Bond Auction Indicates Europe's Troubles Persist

A Spanish bond auction went poorly Wednesday, suggesting that Spain may be becoming the next Greece. It was the first auction without a lot of help from the European central bank.

Ohio Tears Through Blighted Housing Problem

There are tens of thousands of abandoned houses scattered across Ohio. The state, in an effort to improve neighborhoods and boost housing prices, plans to raze 20,000 of those homes with money from the national mortgage settlement.

Italian Law Pits Older Workers Against Younger Ones

Italy's technocrat prime minister is facing his toughest challenge yet — pushing through a labor overhaul. Italy's labor laws all but guarantee life tenure for older workers but can condemn younger Italians to temporary jobs. The last two attempts to change the law ended with murders.

Look Out! There Are Robots All Around

Marketplace correspondent David Brancaccio wanted to see if it was possible drive across the country without interacting with a human being — just machines. He discovered how technological advances — from factory robots to self-checkout machines — are changing the future of U.S. jobs.

Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report

Jobs at U.S. businesses increased by 209,000 in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the payroll processing firm ADP. That's in line with expectations for the monthly jobs report due out Friday.
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E-book Price-Fixing ?

How much will your next e-book cost? How much SHOULD it cost? US and European officials are investigating whether Apple and major publishing companies illegally colluded to raise e-book prices and keep them high...


Good News On The Jobs Front, Except From Yahoo

One widely watched report estimates that employers added 209,000 jobs to payrolls last month. But Yahoo announced 2,000 layoffs — about 14 percent of its workforce.