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Venture capitalism on the rise in recent months

Jan 20, 2012
A new report shows that tech companies are attracting more start up money, as venture capital funding rose 19 percent in the last part of 2011.
Posted In: venture capital, start-ups, technology
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PODCAST: General Electric and General Motors

Jan 20, 2012
As the South Carolina primary draws near, four GOP contenders remain. How does Rick Santorum stand out from the pack? Smart phone users continue to eat up data, with no signs of slowing down. IKEA continues to thrive despite the economic problems in Europe. And postage stamps are about to cost just a wee bit more.
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Homebuilding ends bad year on upswing

Jan 19, 2012
Government data show that 2011 was the worst year on record for single-family home starts. Several analysts think 2012 will be better.
Posted In: Housing
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Weekly unemployment lowest in nearly four years

Jan 19, 2012
After last week's relatively high weekly jobless claim numbers, they are back down this week -- to the lowest level in almost four years.
Posted In: weekly jobless, Unemployment
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PODCAST: Low-tech piracy, one small leap second

Jan 19, 2012
Generally speaking, the public in Europe remains committed to the common currency of the euro, even as the region struggles to fight off recession. A major Apple announcement is expected today surrounding e-textbooks. As the South Carolina primary approaches, we speak to a Tea Party supporter about who she will vote for. And what is the significance of the leap second?
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Housing: Builders and buyers gaining confidence

Jan 18, 2012
New data from home builders indicate they're feeling more confident, and now that layoffs have slowed, buyers are feeling more secure, too. Still, there are bumps ahead for the housing industry.
Posted In: Housing
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Home Depot hiring 70,000 seasonal workers

Jan 18, 2012
The home improvement retailer hired half its spring-time seasonal workers last year permanently. Some of them could land permanent jobs again.
Posted In: Jobs, Home Depot
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Unemployment will be big issue in S.C. primary

Jan 17, 2012
The two Republican primaries so far this year have been in states with relatively healthy economies. That isn't the case in South Carolina, where presidential hopefuls hit the ballot next.
Posted In: politics, 2012 election, republican primaries, Unemployment
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Richard Cordray and the CFPB set to work

Jan 17, 2012
Newly appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, speaks about the priorities on the table for the organization.
Posted In: CFPB, Richard Cordray, regulation
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Raising the debt ceiling could be easier this time

Jan 17, 2012
The U.S. Treasury is once again set to reach its borrowing limit. But this time around, it might not spark quite the same debates in Washington as last time around.
Posted In: debt ceiling

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