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Labor secretary quitting

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning, saying she plans to return to her native California. She is expected to run for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.


In a message to colleagues Wednesday, Solis said she made the decision after discussing it with family and close friends.


One of the highest-ranking Hispanics in Obama's administration, Solis has won praise from labor unions for aggressive enforcement of wage and hour laws and job safety regulations. But business groups have criticized her as not taking a more cooperative approach.


Monopoly token on way out

The gig is almost up for one of the eight Monopoly tokens. But which will it be? Iron? Thimble? Top Hat?


Or another of their board game buddies?


Hasbro is holding a Facebook contest to eliminate one of the eight tokens that identify the players and introduce a new one. Possible new tokens include a cat, diamond ring, guitar, toy robot and helicopter


Beginning Tuesday, Facebook fans of monopoly can vote on which piece to eliminate and which one to add. The voting ends Feb. 5. Up for elimination: all eight current tokens including a battleship, iron, racecar, Scottie dog, shoe, thimble, top hat and wheelbarrow.


Boeing backs Dreamliner

Boeing said Wednesday it has extreme confidence in its 787 Dreamliner even as federal investigators try to determine the cause of a fire that has prompted new worries about the plane.


The fire happened Monday in one of the plane's lithium ion batteries. Mike Sinnett, Boeing's chief engineer for 787, wouldn't comment on that specific incident, but told reporters that the battery is designed to avoid overheating and the area around the battery is designed to withstand a fire.


But questions remain about the high-profile jet, which has a lot riding on it both for Boeing and its airline customers. After a nearly three-year delay, Boeing has delivered 49 of the 787s so far, and has about 800 more on order.


Investors rallied behind the company Wednesday. Boeing shares gained 3.2 percent to $76.47, after dropping 4.6 percent the two previous days.


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