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A lack of future manufacturers? Not at this camp.
At This Girls' Camp, Crafts Take a Drill Press -- Just over a quarter of the 11.7 million workers in manufacturing are women. But Gadget Camp, a workshop for girls in this suburb west of Chicago, is part of an effort to change that. Although the economy is wobbling and nearly 14 million people are looking for work, some employers are still having a hard time finding skilled workers for certain positions. Manufacturers in particular complain that few applicants can operate computerized equipment, read blueprints and solve production problems. And with the baby boomers starting to retire, these and other employers worry there will be few young workers willing or able to replace them.

Somethin' for nothin'.
As the Tolls Keep Rising, Some Still Pay Nothing -- For eight years, Alfred Buono had made it a twice-weekly occurrence: He would drive his car across a bridge from New Jersey to Staten Island and not pay the toll -- doing so a total of 998 times, authorities said. By taking advantage of gateless E-ZPass toll lanes, Mr. Buono failed to pay a total of $5,254 in tolls, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Cut cut cut cut cut.
Bank of America 'to cut 3,500 jobs' -- Bank of America is to cut 3,500 staff this quarter as part of a restructuring plan, reports in the US say. The bank was hit hard in the US housing bubble and subsequent market crash. In July, the firm reported a record quarterly loss after agreeing an $8.5bn (£5.2bn) settlement related to sub-prime mortgages.

If you're gooooooooing....to Saaaaan Fraaaancisco....
Number of Green Jobs Fails to Live Up to Promises -- In the Bay Area as in much of the country, the green economy is not proving to be the job-creation engine that many politicians envisioned. President Obama once pledged to create five million green jobs over 10 years. Gov. Jerry Brown promised 500,000 clean-technology jobs statewide by the end of the decade. But the results so far suggest such numbers are a pipe dream. "I won't say I'm not frustrated," said Van Jones, an Oakland activist who served briefly as Mr. Obama's green-jobs czar before resigning under fire after conservative critics said he had signed a petition accusing the Bush administration of deliberately allowing the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a claim Mr. Jones denies.

- Sheena Moore

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