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WASHINGTON – The job market for new college graduates is brightening but remains weaker than before the Great Recession began.

The Labor Department reports that the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates — defined as those ages 20 to 29 who earned a four-year or advanced degree — was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012 and was the lowest rate since 7.7 percent in 2007.

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FILE - This June 21, 2103 file photo shows a steamroller and a backhoe used to crush seized elephant tusks during a destruction ceremony at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.

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|Tennessee Republican senator says Republicans want to empower people to grow and innovate, while Democrats are more concerned with dictating behavior.

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|Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., says Democrats are "politicizing" women, but Republicans are offering solutions to help them succeed.

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LSU athletics are big boost to the economy
Thursday, 10 April 2014 21:00
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

When LSU plays in Baton Rouge, it's a win-win for everyone especially economically. This according to a study by Economist Loren Scott.

The study found in 2012 that almost $1.5 million people attended LSU athletic events which equaled an extra $8 million dollars for the state. The events are also credited with providing close to 4,000 jobs for folks in the Capital city that year.

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Shown in this Dec. 12, 2011 file photo are Port of Portland cranes, with Mount St. Helens in the background.Reuters

At first glance, operations at the Port of Portland might look normal. Trucks come and go. Containers are loaded and unloaded. But upon closer inspection, it's clear the normally efficient system is moving like molasses. 

Crane operators hover over a container for up to a minute before hooking and moving it.

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Shown in this Dec. 12, 2011 file photo are Port of Portland cranes, with Mount St. Helens in the background.Reuters

At first glance, operations at the Port of Portland might look normal. Trucks come and go. Containers are loaded and unloaded. But upon closer inspection, it's clear the normally efficient system is moving like molasses. 

Crane operators hover over a container for up to a minute before hooking and moving it.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.

The Labor Department says employers added 192,000 jobs, slightly below February's total of 197,000. Employers also added a combined 37,000 more jobs in February and January than previously estimated.

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The unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent. But a half-million Americans started looking for work last month, and most of them found jobs.

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WASHINGTON – Hiring went into a deep freeze this winter as harsh weather slowed the economy. A warmer March has raised a key question for Friday's monthly jobs report: Did hiring rebound in March along with the temperatures?

Most economists think it did.

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But some of the pickup in hiring will likely reflect a temporary bounce-back from the cold winter months. It may not be immediately clear how much of the job growth will endure.

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|During his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” former President Bill Clinton shared his thoughts on how the Affordable Care Act will help the economy.

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