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With A Job, Life Improves For 9th Grade Dropout

Nearly three decades ago, Kenny Buchanan decided to drop out of school. Over the last 26 years, he's jumped from job to job and unemployment. He now has a full-time job and for the first time in years, he and his family have health insurance and can enjoy a few luxuries.
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Rotterdam Port Feels Effects Of European Debt Crisis

As the debt crisis spreads across Europe, the economy in the region is slowing to a crawl. One place that's starting to feel the impact of the slowdown is the massive port of Rotterdam in Holland. It's the biggest port in the world outside Asia. Much of what's bought and sold in Europe goes through Rotterdam.
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Historic Ford Plant Site Likely A Tough Sell

The automaker recently closed its Twin Cities Assembly Plant on a scenic river bluff in St. Paul, Minn. In better times, the parcel of land might have made condo developers drool, but in today's real estate market, redevelopment of the old factory could be a long way off.
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Shoppers Pack The Malls The Day After Christmas

Post-Christmas Shopping

Shoppers flocked to area malls the day after Christmas -- some looking to cash in giftcards and others looking to get some overdue discounts.

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What's Holding Back One 'Job Creator'? Not Taxes

The millionaire owner of one Kansas company says his business is stifled — but not from taxes or a sluggish economy. He says he can't find workers to fill open jobs. One problem is that prospective employees won't relocate to rural Kansas, he says.
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Long-Term Jobless Borrow Money To Stay Afloat

More than half of the long-term unemployed and under-employed have had to borrow money from family and friends to pay their bills, according to a recent NPR News-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. And borrowing from friends and family can complicate the relationships.
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Unemployed Workers Try To Keep Their Spirits Bright

As millions of Americans continue to search for work, new research shows their physical behavior, emotions and finances change the longer an individual is out of work. Career counselors say the longer someone is jobless, the more side effects they will likely suffer from — like depression and families breaking up.

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