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Was It A Good Year To Be In The Stock Market?

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Steve Inskeep about the bumpy year the stock market had in 2011. And they discuss what the new year might have in store for investors.
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Fla.'s Economic Pain, Anger Could Shape 2012 Race

It's once again poised to play an important role in the presidential election, but Florida is a very different state than it was four years ago. Reeling from the housing collapse and high unemployment, voters are feeling the pinch and are angry at what's happening in Washington.
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Happy Holidays? Indeed, For Some Stuck At Work

Around half of workers said they'd be in the office during the week between Christmas and New Year's. For those who come in, it's a great time to tidy up or catch up with coworkers. And the paycheck isn't bad: "[You] need a wheelbarrow to take it to the bank," says one holiday worker.
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'It's A Great Day In South Carolina,' If You Have A Job

South Carolina's Republican governor paints an optimistic picture of the state's economy. But with a higher-than-average unemployment rate, voters are focused on economic issues when it comes to the 2012 presidential election.
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Habitat For Humanity Virginia Takes New Tack

A Habitat for Humanity project in Charlottesville, Va. is pioneering a new strategy that promises to develop low-income housing in areas that are normally prohibitively expensive.

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Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports

For the first time since Harry Truman was president, the country is exporting more petroleum products than it imports. Domestic demand for diesel and gasoline is down while production is up. That's made it difficult for some refineries to stay in business.
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Turkey Prospers Amid Neighboring Nations' Woes

As Europe suffered economic crises in 2011, Turkey's economy boomed. And as neighboring Arab countries faced political turmoil, Turkey became a bigger regional player. Martin discusses the country's good year with John Peet, Europe editor at The Economist, and Rami Khouri, international affairs expert from American University of Beirut.
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Jobless Claims Rise By 15,000

There were 381,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the Employment and Training Administration says. It's the first increase in four weeks.
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In Katrina's Wake, New Orleans Enjoys Startup Boom

New Orleans has long been known as one of America's hardest luck cities, struggling over the years with poverty, crime, corruption and tragic disaster. But the city's darkest days have sparked a surprising new entrepreneurial spirit.

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