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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

Here's what explained its resilience this year:

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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

Consumers like these Christmas shoppers on Chicago’s Loop showed a renewed willingness to spend in 2014.

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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

Auto sales are on track to increase 6 percent this year, with 16.5 million new vehicles on the road, according to Cars.com.

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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

Derrick Roberts, right, chef at Gotham Steak restaurant, holds job interviews at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

Average gas prices nationwide dropped roughly a dollar from a year ago, generating savings for consumers.

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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

A rebound in construction gained traction in the past year. Above, a commercial complex goes up in Springfield, Ill.

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In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

A screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the five-year trajectory of the Dow Jones industrial average.

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In 2014, US economy showed increasing resilience

In 2014, US economy showed increasing resilience

FILE - In this July 17, 2014 photo, construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. After enduring a brutal winter, businesses, consumers and investors showed renewed vigor as 2014 wore on and set themselves apart from much of the world. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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In 2014, US economy showed increasing resilience

In 2014, US economy showed increasing resilience

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, a car passes the price of gas at the Eastcoast filling station in Pennsauken N.J. Average gas prices nationwide have dropped to $2.32 a gallon in 2014, down roughly a dollar from a year ago, according to AAA. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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US economy showed resilience in 2014

US economy showed resilience in 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.

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In 2014, US economy showed increasing resilience

In 2014, US economy showed increasing resilience

Consumers like these Christmas shoppers on Chicago’s Loop showed a renewed willingness to spend as the year wore on. Falling fuel prices helped.

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukrainian government army soldiers secure an area near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began on Wednesday in Minsk, Bela…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukrainian government army soldiers at a check-point near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began on Wednesday in Minsk, Be…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

From left: Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and unidentified official seen through a window in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The much-anticipated talks on a settlement of th…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

From left: Russian Ambassador to Belarus Alexander Surikov, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma seen through a window in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The much-anticipated talks on a settlement of the Ukrainian crisis bega…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, leaves a car to take part in talks in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. The much-anticipated talks on a settlement of the Ukrainian crisis began in the capital of Belarus on Wednesday. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, pro-Russia re…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukrainian government army soldiers secure an area near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, Dec 24, 2014. Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began on Wednesday in Minsk, Bela…

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Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

Ukraine peace talks start in Minsk

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Another round of talks aimed at reaching a stable cease-fire in Ukraine between its government forces and pro-Russian armed groups began Wednesday in the Belarusian capital, but Ukraine's recent decision to drop its non-aligned status adds a new element of tension to th…

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Will voters and falling prices derail fracking?

Will voters and falling prices derail fracking?

Key stable energy: Don't limit supply by placing artificial constraints on production.

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Smog rules cause concern for Southwest industries

Smog rules cause concern for Southwest industries

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Obama administration took steps last week to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory problems, but meeting the stricter emissions limits is expected to cost industries billions of dollars.

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