Home Depot is hiring 80,000 employees for its spring season. As the housing market picks up, other industry sectors — like gardening, construction and furniture — move upward, too. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Workers and labor organizers in New York City protest the alleged exploitation of students on J-1 summer work travel visas who worked at a Pennsylvania McDonald's, on Thursday. Jess Jiang/NPR hide caption

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Christian Cerria has helped Mid-Atlantic Builders shrink the number of workers needed on a work site. The firm uses smartphones and tablets to fix designs and send them back to the office without shuttling workers back and forth. Marie McGrory/NPR hide caption

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Peggy Renzi (middle) talks with her teammates Erika Hersey (left) and Erica Webster. The three are part of a team of nurses in the Bowie Health Center emergency room in Bowie, Md., who are working together to lose weight. Gabriella Demczuk /NPR hide caption

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Investigators are still looking into the cause of fires and overheating aboard Boeing's new 787s. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP hide caption

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New homebuilding reached a 4 1/2 year high in December, welcome news for an industry that lost 2 million jobs during the downturn. Despite those job losses, the sector is experiencing a labor shortage in some parts of the U.S. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Shoppers carry bags during Black Friday sales at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Mass. Right now, consumers are feeling positive, but the mood among businesses is at recession levels. Allison Joyce/Getty Images hide caption

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Home Depot has long offered credit cards, partly to serve customers who have just suffered major house damage. The company has recently widened those efforts. Here, a Tampa, Fla., customer buys a generator and bottled water, preparing for Tropical Storm Isaac's arrival in August. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Ireland-based Intrade lets users bet money on all manner of predictions — like if a particular film will win an Oscar. The site is ceasing operations in the U.S. NPR/Intrade screen grab hide caption

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Millions of U.S. families have a recent foreclosure on their record. Typically, that means waiting at least seven years before securing another home loan. But some families say they are having luck buying again — sometimes in as few as three years. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Last year, Congress passed legislation that — among other things — gave employers tax credits for hiring vets. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP hide caption

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This aerial photo shows destruction in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday in Seaside Heights, N.J. Mike Groll/AP hide caption

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