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Manufacturing 2.0: Old Industry Creating New High-Tech Jobs

As the U.S. economy continues to recover, it has been getting some help from an unexpected place. After decades of massive job losses, manufacturing firms have been steadily creating jobs — many of them well-paying. One particularly bright spot is a new generation of high-tech manufacturers.

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Venezualan Flights Are Dirt Cheap ... If You Can Get A Ticket

The good news is that air travel to and from Venezuela is dirt cheap due to the difference between the official cost of tickets and the black-market currency rate. The bad news is that many flights are booked up months in advance.

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With National Treasures At Risk, D.C. Fights Against Flooding

Since Superstorm Sandy, officials in Washington, D.C., have gotten a clear idea of what would happen in a worst-case storm scenario. Key government buildings and tourist sites like the Smithsonian museums are particularly vulnerable to flooding. So federal and local officials are taking steps to protect them.

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Venezualan Flights Are Dirt Cheap ... If You Can Get A Ticket
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