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Booming Oil Fields May Be Giving Sex Trafficking A Boost

The oil rush in and around North Dakota has brought an influx of mostly male workers flush with cash. Law enforcement agencies and activists say that's creating ample opportunity for organized crime — and that more must be done to prevent women from being forced into prostitution.
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Southern Fishermen Cash In On Asia's Taste For Jellyfish

After the worst year for shrimping in recent memory, fishermen in the Southeast U.S. say they're thankful to catch jellyfish for the Asian market. But conservationists say the expanding jellyfish fishery is a sign of the ocean's decline.
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After Overcoming Early Obstacles, Yellen Assumes Fed's Top Job

The world of central banking is largely a man's world. But Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve's new leader, has been undeterred by such barriers since she was in high school in Brooklyn. Now global financial markets will be watching her every move.
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Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation'

During his 10-year career, Sean Morey absorbed countless hits, more than a few of which resulted in concussions. "Every time I hit somebody it was like getting tasered," he says. Now, he suffers from lingering conditions, like debilitating headaches, and is an advocate for players' health.
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Afghan Security Agreement Is Still Unsigned — Who's At Fault?

Delays continue to beset a proposed bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The pact would govern U.S. troops if they remain in Afghanistan past 2014. Deadlines have come and gone, but still no agreement has been signed by the two parties. Now, the situation seems to have deepened into a political standoff between the Pentagon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. To understand how it got to this point, Robert Siegel turns to Sean Carberry, reporting from Kabul, and Tom Bowman, NPR's Pentagon correspondent.
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State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents

The department's final environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline found that blocking the project probably wouldn't stop the development of Canada's tar sands. But the review didn't endorse the pipeline either. Secretary Kerry — and, ultimately, President Obama — will have the final say.
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Homeless In Fargo At The Heart Of An Oil Boom

North Dakota's booming economy has created a modern-day wagon trail of people coming to the state for oil jobs. But finding affordable housing is a sometimes insurmountable challenge, and the number of homeless people, has risen dramatically. Meg Luther Lindholm reports that even cities like Fargo-Moorhead, where there are several shelters and services, are often stretched beyond their capacity. Some, like Fargo's mayor, say the cities can't do it all and more help is needed from the state.
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Former Christie Appointee Claims N.J. Gov. Knew About Lane Closures

In a letter released by his attorney, the Port Authority official who personally oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closures is alleging that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about the action. David Wildstein asserts that evidence exists that will contradict Christie's claims to ignorance about the motives behind the lane closures.
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'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe

A group of Asian-American women in Boston are redefining a Lunar New Year tradition every year by performing in an all-female lion and dragon dance troupe. The Chinese martial art is traditionally performed by men, often during new year's parades. The Lunar New Year starts Friday.
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Obama Hosts Business Leaders, Hopes They Change How They Hire

President Obama is hosting business leaders at the White House in order to discuss possible solutions to long-term unemployment. The president says that he hopes for companies to revise their hiring practices, which often appear to be stacked against those who have been unemployed for six months or more.

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