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Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico

President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. The three presidents are talking about the increased trade among their countries, 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant.
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Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage

There's been good deal of discussion the past several days about the jury's verdict in the Michael Dunn trial. He's the white Florida man who shot and killed Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teenager. The jury deadlocked on the charge of first-degree murder, eventually convicting Dunn on lesser charges including attempted murder.
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Feds Consider How Colo. Pot Shops Can Get Bank Accounts

Now that legal marijuana is on sale in Colorado, most banks are shying away from giving pot shops checking accounts. The drug is still against federal law. The Justice and Treasury Departments have issued guidance in hopes banks will resume business with marijuana sellers. The idea is to alleviate some of the dangers of the state's all-cash marijuana industry.
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Insurance Marketplace Prices Vary Regarding Location

What you pay for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces varies widely based on where you live. Steve Inskeep talks to Jordan Rau, senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News, about the 10 cheapest health care markets, the 10 most expensive and what may behind the price differences.
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Manufacturing Association Wants Progress In Obama's Trade Agenda

A leader in the manufacturing sector is calling on Congress and President Obama to put aside their differences and help manufacturing companies grow and prosper. Jay Timmons, head of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in Milwaukee that would like Washington to make progress on the president's trade agenda.
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Ole Miss Civil Rights Statue Vandalized

The FBI is investigating an incident at the University of Mississippi, where vandals draped a noose on a statue of a civil rights pioneer. The statue on the Oxford campus commemorates the enrollment of the first black student at Ole Miss in 1962, which was accompanied by riots.
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Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

A new book argues that Tyson's system treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers." Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson's inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.
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LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long'

Eric Garcetti says he wants to reinvent Los Angeles and promote its diversity, food and innovators — but first, he says, he's going to focus on a less-glamorous agenda: infrastructure.
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Elusive Goal: A Transparent Price List For Health Care

Price-shopping for coffee makers is easy. Finding the actual cost of a colonoscopy? Nearly impossible. But putting together a useful, comprehensive price-list for patients of the widely varying charges for various health procedures is difficult and expensive, states are learning.

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