Fadzai Kundishora (left) can no longer go to school because her family can't afford the fees. She spends days at home with her grandmother Miriam Kundishora, doing chores.
Waiter Melvin Angel shovels snow outside the restaurant he works at in Boston in April. The harsh winter in the Northeast took an even bigger toll on economic growth in the first three months of 2015 than previously estimated.
Scott Fast, of Cradle to Career Colorado, talks with Englewood High School students Nick Spence (left) and Russell Windholz during a job readiness seminar hosted by The United Way and America's Promise Alliance in Denver on Thursday.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, left, meets Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari in Tokyo. The United States and Japan are nearing a major trade deal, according to Japan's prime minister.
Target shoppers Kelly Foley (from left), Debbie Winslow and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, in South Portland, Maine.
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A New York Stock Exchange trader works on the floor on Dec. 17. Stocks rose nearly 300 points after the Federal Reserve announced it plans to begin raising interest rates next year.
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The Capitol's dome and Christmas tree are illuminated on Dec. 11 as Congress worked to pass a $1.1 trillion U.S. government-wide spending bill and avoid a government shutdown.
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Construction workers build a commercial complex in July, in Springfield, Ill. On Friday, the government said the unemployment rate had fallen below 6 percent for the first time in more than six years.
Not every business has been hurt by the Ebola epidemic: Stephen Kollie says his newspaper stand is thriving because people are hungry for the latest Ebola information. But many of his usual expatriate customers have left the country, he says.
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