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Subway misses the mark?

What's in an inch? Apparently, enough missing meat, cheese and tomatoes to cause an uproar.


Subway, the world's largest fast-food chain with 37,000 locations, is facing widespread criticism after a man who appears to be from Australia posted a photo on the company's Facebook page of one of its footlong sandwiches next to a tape measure that shows the sub is only 11 inches.


More than 100,000 people have liked or commented on the photo. Lookalike pictures popped up elsewhere on Facebook. And The New York Post conducted its own investigation that found that four out of seven footlong sandwiches that it measured were shy of the 12 inches that makes a foot.


Natural gas fueling on way

IGS Energy said Thursday it will build and operate a $10 million network of compressed natural gas fueling stations for vehicles along Interstate 79 from Charleston, W.Va., to Mount Morris, Pa.


The plan calls for stations in Charleston, Bridgeport and Jane Lew, along with the one near the Pennsylvania line. The company said the so-called CNG Fueling Corridor is the first of its kind since drilling in the Marcellus Shale field began to take off.


Home building on fast track

U.S. builders started work on homes in December at the fastest pace in 4½ years and finished 2012 as their best year for residential construction since the early stages of the housing crisis.


The Commerce Department said Thursday that builders broke ground on houses and apartments last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000. That's 12.1 percent higher than November's annual rate. And it is nearly double the recession low reached in April 2009.


Jobless aid applications dip

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign the job market might be improving. But much of the decline reflects seasonal volatility in the data.


Weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since January 2008, just after the recession began.


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