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Thriving Black-owned businesses 'righting the wrongs of the past' in rural Mississippi

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Restaurants, like this McDonald's in Miami Beach, Fla., have been big engines of job growth. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Hiring slowed sharply in November, even before omicron, with 210,000 jobs added

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Parcels jam a conveyor belt at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility in Boston. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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A locked door, a secret meeting and the birth of the Fed (Classic)

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Falling down the "junk insurance" rabbit hole

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of trading on Monday following Friday's steep decline in global stocks over fears of the new omicron coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Stocks dive over the potential economic fallout from the omicron variant

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People shop in The Galleria mall during on Black Friday in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Americans buy so much stuff: A short history

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Jennifer Beecher, left, and her sister-in-law Ashley Beecher, right, enjoy going shopping on Black Friday at Best Buy, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Houston. This year is the first time the pair has arrived before dawn to shop. T Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle/AP hide caption

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Day of the debt

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You asked for real raises, free shipping, and a special delivery

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Indicators-giving! How Much Does Thanksgiving Cost This Year?

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Ticket scalpers: The real ticket masters

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Jeromonomics 2.0

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has been selected for a second term at the helm of the Fed, a move likely to be welcomed by markets. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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Biden reappoints Jerome Powell as Fed chairman at a critical time for the economy

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Lauren Barber stands in her home in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 16. Barber has been inundated with offers from investors and companies that want to buy her house. She sometimes gets called or texted more than five times a day with offers. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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Hey, I want to buy your house: Homeowners besieged by unsolicited offers

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A trunk full of truffles (Update)

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