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Standing near the Remington Arms factory, Beth Neale, deputy mayor of Ilion, N.Y., says she's watched a lot of large manufacturers leave the region. She's not sure Ilion would easily recover from losing Remington. Marie Cusick for NPR hide caption

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Dependent On Arms Plant, N.Y. Town Braces For Gun Laws' ImpactWRVO

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Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., attends the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 30. Scott lost his re-election bid, but could be running for office again in a matter of weeks. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Sen. Scott Brown May Be Eyeing Quick Return To WashingtonWBUR

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Pedestrians pass the Dow Jones display ticker in Times Square on Wednesday in New York. U.S. shoppers spent cautiously this holiday season, a disappointment for retailers that slashed prices to lure people into stores and now must hope for a post-Christmas burst of spending. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Retail Workers Bear Brunt Of Sluggish Holiday Sales

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Laborers work on a building in Kabul, Afghanistan. Following the drawdown of U.S. troops and NGOs, many construction companies are without projects and being forced to close offices and downsize. Musadeq Sadeq/AP hide caption

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Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch

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