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Businesses Show More Confidence In The Economy

American small business owners say they are growing more optimistic about the economy and their own prospects for success. That's according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Other recent reports also suggest that the economy is continuing to improve.
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Italy's Bad Economy Leaves Immigrants Vulnerable

Immigrants say they face increasing hostility on the streets, and legislation would require the government to deport foreigners who don't have jobs.
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Dashboard Distractions: New Luxuries Cause Concern

In many ways, the Detroit Auto Show has become a kind of consumer electronics show for cars, but some worry that the latest developments in dashboard technology — like touch screens — could pull a driver's attention off the road.
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Do Law Schools Cook Their Employment Numbers?

Many students say they were lured into law school by the promise of high salaries upon graduation, but instead ended up with just a major debt load. How exactly schools calculate their graduates' employment statistics isn't regulated — it's up to students to scrutinize it, the ABA says.
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9 European Countries Lose AAA Rating Status

Standard and Poor's has downgraded the credit ratings of nine Euopean countries including France. They face exposure to financial troubles in Greece among other places. Zanny Minton Beddoes, global economics editors at The Economist, talks to Steve Inskeep about the latest European financial troubles.
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Greeks Worry Over A Possible Return To The Drachma

Envoys from the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF descend on Athens Monday to see if Greece is worthy of receiving its next bailout installment. If the international community concludes that Greece can't be saved as a member of the Eurozone it will have to revert to its old currency, the drachma, which some say would be "catastrophic."
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Ski Resorts Blow Fake Snow For A 'Brown' Winter

Normally at this time of year, about 50 percent of the U.S. is snow-covered.These days, the figure is now more like 20 percent. It's hurting ski resorts and the local economies that thrive on seasonal winter tourism.
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Breaking Down Bain Capital

Private equity firms are under the microscope this week as a pro-Gingrich superPAC hounds GOP candidate Mitt Romney for his role as head of Bain Capital. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with Dan Primack, senior editor of Fortune Magazine, about how these firms operate and the legitimacy of these attacks.
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European Credit Downgraded: What's Next?

Late Friday the U.S. credit rating agency Standard & Poors downgraded nine European countries. S&P suggested Europe's single-minded focus on austerity to solve its sovereign debt problem is just not working. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's John Ydstie about the downgrades.
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Recall Supporters Confident, But Wis. GOP Has Sway

Democrats plan to turn in petitions by the truckload to try to force a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, an effort that follows the governor's move to strip public workers of union bargaining rights. But the petitions will then be scrutinized for months, particularly by lawyers for Walker's campaign.

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