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Thursday Workplace News Round-up

Like everyone else, I was half way paying attention to the Chilean miner rescue while I went about my day yesterday. It's estimated more than one billion people around the world watched the events unfold on television. Amazing. The rescue effort -- the ingenuity, the teamwork, the safe delivery of each miner -- was also quite amazing. It's safe to say there will be a made-for-TV movie, at least on Telemundo.

By the way, Jon Stewart did a spot-on send up of the cable news coverage last night, and it is definitely worth a watch.

But moving on. Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

One in five American adults have done the Skype Internet video thing on their desktops or cellphones.

El Paso, Texas has had the highest income growth over the last two decades, at least that's what Portfolio.com claims.

A new study finds the cost of a pack of cigarettes in the United States is more than $18 when you factor in lost workplace productivity.

Crime in the United States is the lowest in 37 years.

800 people apply for three jobs with the Colorado U.S. Attorney's office.

Interview tip #1: Don't bring a book called How to Beat the Lie Detector to a job interview.

Americans dig their federal call centers. We'll still complain about the wait times at the DMV, though.

The economy is so bad that even Queen Elizabeth is cancelling the Firm's staff holiday party.

Ryanair goes to court to yank the domain name Ihateryanair.com from a disgruntled passenger.

The workers at San Francisco's largest hotel are on strike.

27 employees sue celebrity chef Mario Batali's New York City restaurant for withholding tips.

The U.S. Supreme Court justices heard a job retaliation case yesterday and spent a lot of time trying to define the word "file."

Interview tip #2: Don't claim to be a member of the Kennedy family when you are not.

Greek police use tear gas on contractors protesting at the Acropolis.

Romanian police have their hands full with wage protesters, too.

The Town Council in Summerville, SC decides locals will wait even longer for their lunch orders and their lawns will look like crap.

30% of health care workers won't get a flu shot this year. In other news, an estimated 30% of health care workers will get the flu.

Um, someone on Christine O'Donnell's campaign staff might want to explain to her that having SNL skewer you isn't exactly something to be envied.

Interview tip #3: Don't write a long letter to the editor that a future employer might read online. (No, start a blog instead.)

Forget robo-signers: The last job of the typical foreclosure agent was styling hair and working fast food?

Did Citigroup use the Great Recession as an excuse to fire women?

Dell CEO Michael Dell will pay a $4 million fine.

World economists are meeting in Seoul, South Korea to figure out what to do with the U.S. economy now that U.S. consumers are busy eating Kraft macaroni and cheese and applying for jobs online.

Jobless claims in Great Britain grow at the fastest pace since January.

Meanwhile, more Americans just filed initial claims for unemployment.

It turns out the movie title "A Walk To Remember" is literally true.

College students drink more alcohol when studying abroad. Wow, we needed a study to figure this out?

Pat Sajak completes the phrase "Public Employees and Elections: A Conflict Of Interest?" for The National Review Online.

Only 40% of all U.S. workers currently have a retirement plan.

You can now buy a McWedding cake! Hmm, I wonder if it comes with fries.

Apparently, "Bigger Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels didn't like this L.A. Times article very much and might sue the newspaper.

So I took this pigeon to Vegas and...

Researchers find dogs can suffer through their own dog days.

Meanwhile, badgers are busy digging up England's oldest graveyards.

Sick of outsourcing? Well, now you can move to rural America to take an "onshoring" job that pays as much as the jobs the companies sent overseas! So you can go home again, you just can't afford to pay your bills once you get there.

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