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For Black Americans, A Longer Time Without Work

Economists say the black unemployment rate is so high — 15.5 percent — for a number of reasons, like less education, job discrimination and huge slashes in public sector jobs. Blacks make up about 10 percent of the full-time working population but 27 percent of the long-term unemployed, an NPR/Kaiser survey found.

Italians Are Mostly Window Shopping This Christmas

Harsh austerity measures, new taxes and the specter of a deep recession are keeping even wealthy Italians from indulging on Christmas this holiday season. Not only are high-end stores empty, but even fruit vendors and trinket stalls are desperate for customers.
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Study: Sometimes Less Is More In Gift-Giving


A study from Virginia Tech yielded some interesting information those who are gift-giving a-plenty in the next few days. Sometimes less is more, researchers say.


Resolution For Payroll Tax Cut Extension May Be Near

There's been a breakthrough on Capitol Hill over the standoff on the payroll tax cut extension. Lynn Neary talks to NPR's David Welna for more.

Prison Could Jumpstart Old N.H. Mill Town

After nearly a decade of severe economic decline, good fortune may finally be shining down on Berlin, N.H. A federal prison is set to open there in the next few months. That means $20 million will start washing into this city devastated by the collapse of the pulp-and-paper-mill industry. Residents and business owners say this Christmas is going to be a little bit brighter.