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Family Leave Laws Enacted In 10 Cities And States In 2013

Sun, 12/29/2013 - 6:40am

Ten cities and states have passed laws guaranteeing access to some kind of family leave this year, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with Director Vicki Shabo about efforts to make family leave mandatory.

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Federal Jobless Benefits Set To End For More Than 1 Million

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 7:26pm

Congress goes home without approving an extension of benefits for 1.3 million Americans, but President Obama is pushing for a vote in January.

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Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 3:42pm

Scientists and growers are in a bitter fight against citrus greening, a disease that has devastated Florida's orange and grapefruit crops. They fear that unless scientists find a cure for greening soon, it's just a matter of time before economic realities and the disease force growers out of business.

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On-The-Job Deaths Spiking As Oil Drilling Quickly Expands

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 3:02pm

As baby boomers retire and drilling increases, energy companies are hiring, adding 23 percent more workers between 2009 and 2012. But the hiring spree has come with a terrible price: Last year, 138 workers were killed on the job, twice as many as in 2009.

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Will Renewables Suffer Because Of U.S. Oil And Gas Boom

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 2:24pm

The U.S. may or may not have achieved energy independence in 2013. There is much debate about what that phrase means and when it might (or already did) happen. But the year just passed will definitely be remembered as a time when oil and natural gas markets started changing quickly and perceptions about America's role in world energy markets changed as well.

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Anemic Holiday Sales Growth, But Bump In Online, Mobile Buying

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 2:24pm

Retailers are wrapping up a lackluster holiday season. While overall sales growth was anemic, retailers saw explosive growth in online, mobile and the sale of gift cards.

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Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 11:59am

Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.

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2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 9:39am

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.

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2013 A Good Year For Housing And Auto Industries

Fri, 12/27/2013 - 9:26am

The economy was still sluggish in 2013, but the housing and auto industries performed well. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR reporter Sonari Glinton, and senior business editor Marilyn Geewax about those booming sectors.

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