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Chi-town purchasing managers have spoken.
Chicago Survey Signals Slower Growth -- The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace in October despite a boost in employment, according to a survey of Chicago-area purchasing managers. The Chicago Business Barometer fell to 58.4 in October, the lowest reading since May, the Institute for Supply Management-Chicago said Monday. The barometer, also known as the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index, or PMI, had been at 60.4 in September. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires projected the business barometer would slip to 59.8 in October.

7 billion people today.
The World Welcomes 'Baby 7 Billion,' but What Does Her Future Hold? -- According to U.N. demographers, today, Oct. 31, marks a population milestone: 7 billion. (See TIME's special report: The World At 7 Billion) Although there is some debate as to where, exactly, the 7 billionth child was born --Plan International, for one, says the title goes to India--U.N. officials bestowed the symbolic honor on Danica Mae Camacho, a girl born early this morning at a government hospital in Manila. She was welcomed to the world by her parents, Camille Dalura and Florante Camacho, a host officials and the press. She was given a cake marked "7B Philippines" and a gift certificate for free shoes.

A Swiffer just won't cut it.
Radiation Cleanup Confounds Japan -- Nearly eight months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident scattered radioactive material over surrounding communities, Japan still is struggling to figure out how to clean up the mess, exacerbating fears about health risks and fanning mistrust of the government.

Mother Nature dresses the east coast as a ghost this year.
Cleaning Up After Nature Plays a Trick -- By the time the great snowstorm of October 2011 finally ended early Sunday, more than three million customers would find themselves without power and with the prospect of enduring several more days without it. In many communities, the storm had a far greater impact on daily life than did Tropical Storm Irene. People emptied stores of generators and chain saws and flocked to town halls to charge phones on emergency power. The chilled and the hungry drove miles looking for a cup of coffee, or for barbecued meat inexorably defrosting in powerless freezers.

Sheena Moore

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