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A student wearing a Santa's costumes is pushed away by a policemen during a protest in Milan, Italy, Friday.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A student wearing a Santa's costumes is pushed away by a policemen during a protest in Milan, Italy, Friday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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Thousands of Italians protest economic reforms

MILAN (AP) -- Tens of thousands of union workers marched through more than 50 Italian cities on Friday to protest government economic reforms that they say erode their rights.

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Shopper in a Philadelphia department store in October. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Shopper in a Philadelphia department store in October. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Consumer confidence falls in November after October gain

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer confidence fell in November following a big gain the previous month, as Americans became less bullish about the economy and jobs.

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Fewer people are dining out these days

A new survey conducted by the research firm NPD group finds many people in New Jersey and across the nation are not eating out as much as they used to.

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Poll: More NJ residents struggling financially

A new Harris poll finds more than half of all residents in New Jersey and across the nation now consider themselves to be either lower middle class, or working class.

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Survey: Many Americans are limiting their spending

A new survey suggests that two out of three Americans are limiting consumer spending.

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An employment application form. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
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Applications for US unemployment rise by 12,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy.

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Economic optimism wanes among CEOs

When it comes to hiring and spending, optimism among chief executives at some of the nation's largest companies is down.

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Americans still negative about economy

It officially ended five years ago, but the Great Recession appears to have instilled a permanent sense of fear and pessimism in the minds of the American public.

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Fed Chair Janet Yellen
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen (Win McNamee, Getty Images)
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Yellen to give her outlook as Fed honeymoon fades

Janet Yellen has won credit for guiding the Federal Reserve's first six months of transition from the Ben Bernanke era. Bernanke's Fed had steered the economy through a deep crisis by slashing interest rates and restoring confidence in banks. Yellen has so far carried on his approach with barely a hiccup.

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A homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles in 2013.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
A homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles in 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession.

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