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Republican lawmakers call the Aurora project a symptom of the VA’s overall dysfunction. Congress reluctantly approved up to $625 million in additional spending for the project last fall, the money to come from other accounts within the VA.

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, photo, Reece Lightner fills out a job application for a server at a job fair held by The Genuine Hospitality Group, in Miami, as the restaurant group is expanding in South Florida and hiring for all positions at its restaurants. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for December. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“Despite the turmoil in financial markets and increasing talk of recession, the labor market continues to improve and is moving toward full employment,” said Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial. “The tightening in the job market is pushing up wages, which in turn is supporting consumer spending.”

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FILE - In this June 4, 2015, file photo, a woman reaches for a bag of apples in the produce section of a Wal-Mart Supercenter store in Springdale, Ark. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, the Commerce Department issues its December report on wholesale stockpiles. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

The Commerce Department said Tuesday wholesale inventories fell 0.1 percent in December after dropping 0.4 percent in November and 0.3 percent in October. Sales fell 0.3 percent in December after sliding 1.3 percent in November and 0.2 percent in October.

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This photo provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shows the interior of a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. U.S. auto safety investigators have determined that electronic gear shifters, like the one at upper left, in some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles while they are in gear, causing 121 crashes and 30 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has doubled the number of vehicles in the investigation to more than 856,000. But it stopped short of calling for a recall. The probe now covers 2014 and 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2012 through 2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans with 3.6-liter V6 engines. (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles via AP)

Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined

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