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U.S. National Debt Tops $7 Trillion for First Time

February 18, 2004 

By Jonathan Nicholson 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's national debt -- the accumulation of past budget shortfalls -- totaled more than $7 trillion for the first time as of Tuesday, according to a Treasury Department report. 

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Carpal Tunnel Screening Not Good for Bottom Line

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Companies that test potential employees for their risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome may be wasting their money, a new study suggests.

Researchers say the findings -- based on more than 2,000 employees of an automobile-parts manufacturer -- suggest that most companies that refuse to hire people who "fail" the test will end up hurting their bottom lines.

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GLOBALIZED WEAPONS MARKETPLACE

by Hank Roth 

The United States is the largest supplier of weapons to other countries in the global marketplace. The expectations of the so-called "peace dividend" at the end of the "Cold War" was less military spending, not more. However, that was not, in fact, what happened. 

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REVERSING PLEDGE, BUSH LETS OPEC BILK AMERICANS

As a presidential candidate in 2000, George Bush pledged to use his "political capital" to influence OPEC when gas prices soared, saying that during a crisis, a president, "ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say, 'We expect you to open your spigots" (1). But with gas prices soaring in the United States (2), newspapers report the White House now says the president refuses to "personally lobby oil cartel leaders to change their minds" (3). 

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Researchers: Exercise Lowers Employers' Health Costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Companies can save millions in health-care costs simply by encouraging their employees to exercise a little bit, researchers reported on Friday.

They said obese employees have higher health-care costs, but lowered those expenses by exercising just a couple of times a week -- without even losing any weight.

Feifei Wang and colleagues at the University of Michigan studied 23,500 workers at General Motors.

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