At a Ford plant in Michigan, workers load a battery into a Ford C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle. The economy picked up speed in the third quarter. Economists caution, though, that it may slow in coming quarters. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Air Force Staff Sgt. Bri Smith (right) of Atlanta talks with a Mary Kay consultant during a November job fair for veterans. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. Some say he's super. Daniel Reinhardt /DPA/LANDOV hide caption

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