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U.S. Job Growth Slows As Jobless Face Benefit Cuts

The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got discouraging news Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 net jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictions On Morning-After Pill

The ruling could end a more than decade-long battle that has spanned two administrations. The decision overturns a controversial 2011 action by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overruling the Food and Drug Administration's decision to allow sale of morning-after pill without a prescription or regard for a person's age.
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Why College Basketball So Celebrates The Semifinalists

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is down to the Final Four. Louisville will play Wichita State and Syracuse faces Michigan. Why does college basketball celebrate the semifinalist teams almost as much as the finalists?
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Oregon Wants Official Microbe To Celebrate Beer Industry

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a kind of yeast used in beer. State representative Mark Johnson thinks making it Oregon's official microbe is a great way to celebrate the state's craft beer industry.
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Reports: Obama To Propose Cuts In Social Programs

Administration officials are telling news outlets that the budget the president unveils next week will include proposals he made last year during negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Those include changes that could reduce increases in Social Security and Medicare spending.
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Wichita Cheers Shocker's Place In Final 4

The Wichita State Shockers are returning to the NCAA men's Final 4 for the first time since 1965. Morning Edition has some fascinating history about the school that you might not know.
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Fan Refuses To Shave Until A D.C. Team Wins A Championship

Thomas McAllister believes in his Washington, D.C. teams so much that he's vowing not to shave until one of them - the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals or Nationals - goes all the way. The Washington Post says he hasn't shaved since last June, a day before he got married.
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Jobless Data In March: Like A Lamb Or Lion?

The Labor Department releases its latest unemployment figures for March Friday morning. The news a month ago was surprisingly good — more new jobs than expected helped to push down the jobless rate to 7.7 percent.

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