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- Apple CEO Tim Cook visited a plant in China run by Foxconn, which has come under criticism for it harsh labor conditions. [Reuters]
- Whether or not Americans saw their pay rise in 2011 depended a lot on which state they lived in. [Wall Street Journal]
- Germany’s unemployment rate has hit a record low of 6.7 percent. [Reuters]
- The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that U.S. economic growth will outpace the Eurozone in the first half of 2012. [CNBC]
- The Federal Housing Finance Agency plans to release a study next month on whether it makes sense for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce loan amounts for troubled homeowners. [Businessweek]
- Big business’ bet on the GOP may be backfiring. [New York Times]
- During a Congressional hearing, executives of the failed investment house MF Global said they don’t know what happened to customer funds that the firm lost. [Huffington Post]