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Economists Pleasantly Surprised By February Jobs Report

The jobs report for February came in surprisingly strong this morning. Employers added 236,000 jobs to payrolls and the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7 percent.
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Faced With Massive Budget Cuts, Philadelphia Plans To Shutter 23 Schools

School officials in Philadelphia announced Thursday night the names of 23 schools that will be closed to help narrow a budget gap of more than $1 billion. Philadelphia is one of several big city school districts that are shutting down schools amid declining enrollments, the rise of charter schools and low student achievement.
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Chicago Blackhawks Continue Remarkable NHL Winning Streak

Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the Chicago Blackhawks record in the NHL.
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Washington, D.C.-Area Could Be Among Hardest Hit By Sequestration

As sequestration begins, the Washington region's more than 600,000 federal workers and contractors are bracing for pay cuts, furloughs, or job cuts. Julie John Knott, a secretary at a web design contractor in Northern Virginia, has already lost her job.
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Flu Risk And Weather: It's Not The Heat, It's The Humidity

Why do people in Boston get the flu when it's cold, while people in Senegal get sick when it's hot? Humidity is a big part of the explanation. But how flu spreads in the tropics and more temperate climates appears to be different.
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Alabama's Contentious Education Bill In Limbo As Courts Review Cases

A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.
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Does Crime Drop When Immigrants Move In?

Many elected officials say there's a link between immigration and crime, and have even passed tough anti-immigration laws as a result. But some researchers say cities with large immigrant populations boast conditions that depress crime: young families and active, bustling neighborhoods.
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When A Good Jobs Report Is Bad For Political Spin

Friday's surprisingly good jobs report and the lowest unemployment level in four years had many economists celebrating. The president and Republican congressional leaders, not so much. Ironically, the slice of good economic news could contradict the narrative each side is using to try to shape fiscal policy.
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5 Things The Jobs Report Tells Us About The Economy (Or Not)

Sure, the economy added 236,000 jobs last month and unemployment dropped to 7.7 percent. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture. We look at five points economists are debating.

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