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Quarter of women harassed at work


Nearly two-thirds of Americans say sexual harassment is a problem in this country, and about a quarter of women report having been harassed at work, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Over all, about one in six Americans say they have been sexually harassed at work, including 24 percent of women and 9 percent of men.

The percentage of women saying they have been sexually harassed has fallen from 32 percent in a 1994 ABC News poll, a shift driven almost entirely by younger and more highly educated women.

Supply woes put oil at $100 per barrel

NEW YORK — Oil prices hit $100 per barrel for the first time in nearly four months as U.S. supplies dropped, and a pipeline deal promised to cut them further.

Prices have soared 26 percent since the end of September as the U.S. economy improves and tensions rise in countries that hold some of the world’s major sources of crude.

The price of U.S. benchmark crude crossed the $100 mark early Wednesday, rising $2.85 to $102.22 per barrel in New York.

They jumped Wednesday by another 2.6 percent after a Canadian pipeline company announced it would ship crude away from a key delivery point in the Midwest.

In other news

U.S. INDUSTRIAL production rose in October at the fastest rate in three months. Output at the nation’s factories, utilities and mines rose 0.7 percent last month.