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When It Comes To Productivity, Technology Can Hurt And Help
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An employee serves customers at an Olive Garden restaurant in Naperville, Ill. Darden Restaurants, the chain's parent company, pilot-tested shifting more of its workers to part time. But following that test, and after considerable backlash, the chain said it would not reduce hours or cut its full-time staffing. Scott Boehm/AP Images for Olive Garden hide caption

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As Health Law Changes Loom, A Shift To Part-Time Workers
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Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. (left), leads a news conference about the Marketplace Fairness Act on Tuesday. The legislation would provide states with the authority to require out-of-state retailers to collect and remit taxes on purchases shipped into the states. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Shifting Retail Landscape Tilts Support For Online Sales Tax
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Dish Satellite Network Tries To Upend Sprint Deal
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Postal Service Backs Off Ending Saturday Mail Delivery
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After an unsuccessful face-lift attempt by Ron Johnson, J.C. Penney will be led by former CEO Myron Ullman. Some analysts say this might be it for the retailer; others say it must "embrace" its customers to recuperate. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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After Missteps, Does J.C. Penney Stand Another Chance?
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Jobless Rate Dropped In March, But Fewer Searching For Work
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Fannie Mae Posts Record Profit
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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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As Housing Industry Builds Up, Other Sectors Follow
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Increase In Sales And Low Inventory Indicate Housing Recovery Is In Full Swing
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Bove gets text alerts of new homes coming on the market. Lauren Rock for NPR hide caption

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For Some Ready To Buy, A Good Home Is Hard To Find
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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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U.S. Probes Abuse Allegations Under Worker Visa Program
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Economy Continues On Road To Recovery, Despite Fiscal Bumps In Washington
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Nominee To Head Consumer Protection Bureau Faces Vocal Opposition From Senate Republicans
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