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Unemployment rate lowest in 8 years
The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in January, hitting its lowest point in eight years, since February 2008.
Workers' wages up, but slower job growth worries financial markets  Washington Post
Sluggish jobs report raises questions about the direction of U.S. economy  Ames Tribune
Contra Costa Times  
Oil falls in volatile trade ahead of key oil producer meeting
NEW YORK Oil prices ended the week lower in choppy trading on Friday, snapping two weeks of gains, as a frenzy of speculation about a possible deal between top oil producers clashed with concerns about a growing supply glut.
Oil price falls in volatile trade ahead of key oil producer meeting  The Star Online
Technology rout pushes Nasdaq to lowest close since 2014
The Nasdaq Composite that includes large-cap technology names like Alphabet, Microsoft and Facebook led another broad rout on Wall Street Friday, closing at its lowest level since October 2014.
Technology Shares Plunge in U.S. as Patience for Valuations Ebbs  Bloomberg
Technology sell-off leads a rout in the Nasdaq  Washington Post
Obama pushes clean energy
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Saturday that he will ask the Republican-led Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020.
Obama hails U.S. economy  Philly.com
Factbox: What will be in Obama's final budget proposal?  Business Insider
Market view of next US rate hike shifts into 2016 after jobs data
The U.S. Federal Reserve is increasingly likely to raise interest rates this year, traders bet on Friday, as a long-awaited surge in wages finally materialized and the unemployment rate dropped to an eight-year low.
More Fed Criticism  Seeking Alpha
Fed Can Find Plenty of Positives in Details of Latest Jobs Report  Bloomberg
New York officials to investigate leak at nuclear power plant
New York officials will investigate an upstate nuclear power plant after radioactive water leaked into the groundwater below the facility, the governor said Saturday.
New York orders probe after radioactive leak at reactor  Reuters
New York nuclear plant leak causes radioactivity in groundwater  Tristatehomepage.com
Oil production: A Slippery Issue
A worker on a rig near Midland, Texas, where shale oil extraction caused a boom. This boom spurred Saudi Arabia to maximize production, threatening to drive U.S.
U.S. should work with Iranian moderates  Foster's Daily Democrat
Oil Caps Weekly Drop as Persistent Glut Stymies Price Rally  Bloomberg
Chipotle-linked E. coli outbreak over: CDC
On its website, the CDC said the "two oubreaks appear to be over" since the most recent reported illness was December 1. The statistical report estimates that a total of 55 people in 11 states were infected during the first outbreak with twenty-one ...
CDC to close Chipotle E. coli investigation  Jewocity.com (press release) (blog)
CDC says Chipotle-linked outbreak of E. coli appears over  Waterbury Republican American
Sutter: Nevada's war on solar
It was May 2014, and the solar-leasing giant, SolarCity, had just come to town -- "town," in this case being Las Vegas, where the retired 71-year-old once worked as a Baccarat dealer.
Nevada's perplexing war on solar  CNN
Uncertainty, Opportunity for SolarCity Ahead of Earnings  Motley Fool
Craft breweries show off their creations at Meadowlands beer expo
Tom Graves of Bolero Snort Brewery, the only Bergen County-based craft beer brewery, serves Richard Wall, lefts, and Annie Pantoja, right, with a sample brew at the beer festival at the Meadowlands Expo in Secaucus on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.
Craft brewery's purchase stirs fear of Big Beer  Omaha World-Herald
Top 9: Put these beers on your Super Bowl menu  WCPO