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FAA Funding Bill Reaches Finish Line

After four years of wrangling and one shutdown, the beleaguered Federal Aviation Administration will soon get a bill of its own. The bill would give it long-term funding for airport construction, expansion and NextGen — or modernization of the air traffic control system from one based on radar to one based on GPS satellites. Congress has resolved long-simmering issues about unionization, not to mention landing slots and rural subsidies.
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What Facebook IPO May Mean For Small Investors

The social network filed to go public, hoping to raise $5 billion in a huge IPO. The markets are buzzing, but what might it mean for an individual investor? Melissa Block gets the story on high profile IPO's work from Evelyn Rusli, DealBook reporter at the New York Times.
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The Future Of America's Manufacturing Jobs

More and more factory work in the United States is being done by machines, and the industry increasingly relies on highly skilled workers. NPR's Adam Davidson explores the shifts in the manufacturing industry, and Tim Aeppel of the Wall Street Journal discusses the implications for the U.S. economy.
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District Artists Fear Loss Of Homes, Livelihood

Artists at 52 O Street are fearing some major changes, as the landlord considers transforming part of the building in to a hostel.
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Jobless Claims Fell By 12,000 Last Week

First-time applications for unemployment insurance are running at the lowest pace since mid-2008. On Friday, the government will report on the January unemployment rate.
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Sour Economy Has Nevada Looking For New Jackpot

The recession has been particularly cruel in Nevada. The state has the nation's highest unemployment rate and highest foreclosure rate. That's made the state's budget situation difficult, to say the least. Now Nevada hopes to broaden its tax base beyond the mainstays of tourism and gambling.
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New Housing Proposal May Help Millions Refinance

President Obama released a housing proposal Wednesday that aims to help more homeowners refinance their mortgages. The plan is the latest effort by the administration to help homeowners. It would allow those who are current on their mortgages to refinance at lower rates, even if they owe more than their home is worth. The administration says the effort could save millions of homeowners an average of $3,000. But past housing efforts have not lived up to billing, and this one faces its first obstacle on Capitol Hill.
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Occupying The Nation's Attention, If Not Its Cities

Most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters have gone home, but they have left a cultural and political legacy that will likely shape the debate about economic fairness in America for some time to come — and have a direct impact on the 2012 elections.

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