1.3 million Americans losing jobless benefits as emergency program expires after 5½ years.

  • by: BRADLEY KLAPPER , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON — More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, with potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy. A tense political battle likely looms when Congress reconvenes in the new, midterm election year.

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