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Construction Industry Missing Key Tool: Skilled Workers

Construction is booming once again in the Gulf Coast, Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. But there are about 20 percent fewer skilled workers in construction than there were in 2008.
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Burning Man: Fun For The Whole Family?

The Burning Man festival has long attracted people to northern Nevada's desert for a week of radical self-expression. Now, some, long-time "burners" are bringing their kids along to participate.
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How Anti-Bribery Laws In Europe Are Bringing U.S. Investors To Africa

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit has brought together scores of African leaders and American businessmen. Billions of dollars of investments have been announced this week. While Africa is becoming attractive to investors, some countries are drawing more attention than others.
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Uncertainty Stalls Recruiting Efforts For Deportation Relief

Two years ago, the Obama administration began granting relief from deportations with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Yet half of the unauthorized immigrants who are eligible still haven't applied.
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Who's The Boss? Labor Board Says It's McDonald's, As Much As Franchisee

In a preliminary finding, the National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's could be held responsible for its franchisees' mistreatment of workers on wage and firing issues. It's an early step, but it's already sending tremors through the fast-food industry and other areas of the economy that depend on contracted or franchised workers.
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Ebola Casts A Shadow Over Obama's Africa Press Conference

President Obama delivered remarks to conclude a summit that invited leaders from Africa to meet with U.S. businesses. NPR's Tamara Keith joins Melissa Block to discuss the gathering's last day.
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Up Close And Personal With A 40-Story Oil Rig In The Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S. domestic oil production. But few see these operations far offshore.
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Walgreens Drops Plan To Move Headquarters — And Profits — Overseas

The pharmacy giant will conclude its merger with British retailer Allliance Boots in a $15 billion deal. But the company decided to drop plans to move its headquarters abroad for tax purposes.
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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.
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A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.

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