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Older workers left out of region’s hiring boom

Some older workers re-entering the labor market struggle because of outdated skills or a lack of technologically savvy — not to mention age bias. A local program can help smooth their return to the workforce.

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US consumer sentiment slips in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were a bit more downbeat in April. The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment slid...