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In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Russell Neal, left, gives job information to job seeker Queena Moise, foreground second from right, at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week ending Jan. 17, 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) **FILE**

Finding jobs tough for older unemployed workers

- The Washington Times

A new survey released Monday by the seniors' lobby AARP has some disheartening results for workers aged 45 to 70 who find their way back into the labor force after a layoff or an extended period without a job. The new post, in many cases, can't match the pay and benefits of the old one.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, left, shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Monday, March 30, 2015. Lew said he pressed Chinese leaders Monday over proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products by banks and other restrictions on access to China's technology market. (AP Photo/Parker Song, Pool)

U.S. allies rush to join China's new bank as deadline looms

- The Washington Times

The rush to join the China's new development bank for Asia has become a stampede, with even longtime U.S. allies such as Georgia, South Korea, Australia and even Taiwan now saying they are ready to join despite the clear reservations of the Obama administration.

A woman and a young girl stand at a fountain at the Stanford Shopping Center, a Simon Property Group property, in Palo Alto, California. Analysts say the unsolicited $22.4 billion offer by Simon to acquire Macerich Co., reflects the attractiveness of upscale malls while more down-market properties struggle to adapt and survive. (Associated Press)

Takeover bid shows mauling of classic shopping malls

- The Washington Times

The hostile takeover bid launched this week involving the industry's two biggest players shows the profound changes rocking the classic American shopping mall, which once dominated the market and the culture but now faces a challenge of how to stay relevant.

President Barack Obama speaks at the National League of Cities annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2015. Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, the president is calling on employers, educational institutions and local governments to ramp up training and hiring of high-technology in an effort to drive up higher-income employment.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama touts program to close high-tech skills gap, boost wages

- The Washington Times

Calling high-tech jobs "a ticket into the middle class," President Obama on Monday announced a new initiative aimed at training workers for high-paying 21st century jobs and said the government will partner with local leaders, private companies and colleges to drive more than 500,000 Americans toward better salaries.

A systematic analysis of Uber finds the drivers describe the company's exponential growth can be largely attributed to the self-employed, flexible schedule model that it provides. (associated press)

Uber's growth built on flexibility, study finds

- The Washington Times

Uber is starting to drive itself. The surging app-based taxi-alternative business recently conducted the first systematic analysis of its drivers and found that flexible work hours is one of the main reasons the company attracts such a diverse range of drivers.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content. The inquiry announced Friday, June 13, 2014, by Wheeler will dissect the routes that video and other data travel to reach Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Republicans vow to fight 'net neutrality'

- The Washington Times

On the eve of an intensely anticipated Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday on federal regulation of the Internet, congressional Republicans said they were not giving up the fight if the agency gives a strong endorsement of "net neutrality."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan greets state lawmakers before delivering his State of the State address Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. Hogan outlined plans for tax relief, charter schools and reforms to the state's legislative redistricting process. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Larry Hogan seeks to end property tax on Maryland small businesses

- The Washington Times

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday outlined a plan to cut taxes on small businesses — the Republican's latest tax-relief proposal that actually may be the most palatable for a Democratic-controlled legislature in a state striving to improve its business climate, analysts say.