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A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment

Youth joblessness remains remarkably high across the country, threatening long-term trouble for young people's career trajectories, earning potential and the overall health of the economy.
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Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.
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For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each

Empty lots have multiplied in parts of Chicago in recent years, so the city is selling them to homeowners dirt cheap. It's an effort to spark renewal in some of the city's most blighted areas.
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Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress

At a time when congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom, the House Ethics Committee quietly made it harder to track privately financed trips taken by members of Congress.
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Language Barriers Pose Challenges For Mayan Migrant Children

Indigenous children from Guatemala who arrive at the border speaking little or no Spanish present complications to officials and attorneys who are better primed to serve Spanish-speaking immigrants.
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Honolulu Police Chief's Ban On Visible Tattoos Sparks Criticism

Native Hawaiians on the police force have criticized the ban. Many say tattoos are part of their cultural heritage and should remain in plain sight.
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Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts

Tens of thousands of Central American children have been detained this year crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Many will now enter a legal system where cases can take 18 months or longer to resolve.
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Breeding Battle Threatens Key Source Of California Strawberries

The University of California, Davis is the source of most commercial strawberries. Now, the university's strawberry breeders are going into business for themselves, and farmers are worried.
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A Misspent Youth Doesn't Doom You To Heart Disease

You don't necessarily have to waste your days regretting the mistakes of your youth. People who drop bad habits by their 40s can slow or even reverse damage done to their arteries, a study finds.
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Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises A Question: How To Define 'Closely Held'?

The Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case has focused attention on "closely held" businesses. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested the decision will have broad ramifications because 90 percent of U.S. businesses are closely held. That figure may be correct, but it's also misleading.

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