Fri March 6, 2015
The Two-Way

Nearly 300K New Jobs In February; Unemployment Dips To 5.5 Percent

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:41 am

Job applicant Rafael Ferrer, 49, (left) greets a representative of the Hilton Bentley Miami Beach hotel during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute in January.
Lynne Sladky AP

The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follow a robust jump the previous month — a sign that the nation's economy is finally picking up steam.

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Fri March 6, 2015

Economy Adds Almost 300K Jobs, Amid Another Strong Report

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 10:40 am

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Fri March 6, 2015

Netflix Snaps Up TV Shows Rejected By Networks

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Fri March 6, 2015
Around the Nation

As Workers' Comp Varies From State To State, Workers Pay The Price

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 2:37 pm

Jeremy Lewis lost his left arm during a work-related incident while working at a poultry plant in Alabama. The state has the nation's lowest workers' compensation benefits for amputations and sent Lewis into just the kind of downward spiral workers' comp was intended to prevent.
Dustin Chambers for ProPublica

At the time of their accidents, Jeremy Lewis was 27, Josh Potter 25.

The men lived within 75 miles of each other. Both were married with two children about the same age. Both even had tattoos of their children's names.

Their injuries, suffered on the job at Southern industrial plants, were remarkably similar, too. Each man lost a portion of his left arm in a machinery accident.

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Fri March 6, 2015

Boston Economy Will Escape Big Freeze Of Historic Snowstorms

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:38 pm

In Boston, nearly 9 feet of snow this winter has kept shoppers out of stores, putting a strain on the local economy.
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Nearly 9 feet of snow has fallen on Boston this winter — most of it in February — closing workplaces for days and leaving commuters stranded.

"I've been working from home for the past couple of days because I can't get to work," says Christopher Clickner, an insurance agent. "It's been taking me an hour-and-a-half sitting here to try to catch a bus, and it just hasn't worked at all."

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Fri March 6, 2015
Shots - Health News

Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 5:10 pm

U.S. taxpayers have poured $30 billion into funding electronic records systems in hospitals and doctors' offices since 2009. But most of those systems still can't talk to each other, which makes transfer of medical information tough.

Technology entrepreneur Jonathan Bush says he was recently watching a patient move from a hospital to a nursing home. The patient's information was in an electronic medical record, or EMR. And getting the patient's records from the hospital to the nursing home, Bush says, wasn't exactly drag and drop.

"These two guys then type — I kid you not — the printout from the brand new EMR into their EMR, so that their fax server can fax it to the bloody nursing home," Bush says.

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Thu March 5, 2015
All Tech Considered

Mass-Market Stocks In Handcrafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:00 pm

Etsy's IPO paperwork is full of numbers and facts — plus a few pages like this.

For sale: lovingly handcrafted shares of Etsy stock, proudly produced in the USA by a team of entrepreneurs, designers and coders. Please note, there may be some variation in size, color and profits.

A decade ago, Etsy launched as a way for crafters and DIY-ers to sell their handmade goods online. Now the New York-based e-commerce site has filed for an initial public offering.

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Thu March 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:20 pm

Ryan Pate's anger stemmed from Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics' refusal to extend his leave so he could recover from a back injury. He took to Facebook in January to express his displeasure, calling his employers "backstabbers" and Arabs "filthy." When he returned to the United Arab Emirates, he received a call from the police asking him to come in.

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Thu March 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:45 pm

Elephant acts at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be phased out by 2018, the circus' parent company said today. The elephants will retire to a conservation center in Polk City, Fla.
Tamika Moore

What's the "Greatest Show On Earth" without elephants? Starting in 2018, anyone attending the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus act will find out.

Citing public concern about the elephants and how they are treated, the circus' parent company, Feld Entertainment, announced today that it would phase out use of the animals in its shows within three years.

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Thu March 5, 2015
The Salt

We're Not Taking Enough Lunch Breaks. Why That's Bad For Business

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 2:17 pm

Did you take a lunch break yesterday? Are you planning to take one today?

Chances are the answer is no. Fewer American workers are taking time for lunch. Research shows that only 1 in 5 five people steps away for a midday meal. Most workers are simply eating at their desks.

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