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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

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The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership unveiled two videos Tuesday in connection with educational opportunities at area colleges that could benefit the region's workforce.

The videos are part of the Your Story Made Here campaign begun in 2012 to aid in the partnership's Vision 2020 initiative, which strives to develop, attract and retain talent in northeast Indiana.

The first video, available at www.yourstorymadehere.com, shows area residents, and those considering moving to the region, a sample of post-secondary education options available in northeast Indiana.

The second video, available at www.neindiana.com, is intended to show employers how efforts underway in the region are creating opportunities for their businesses to find the qualified workers.

The videos were made with support from Indiana Tech, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, Manchester University and the University of Saint Francis.

Europe: Diet sweetener aspartame is safe in cola

AMSTERDAM – The European Food Safety Authority has found that the artificial sweetener aspartame is safe for people to consume at the levels currently used in diet soft drinks.

After conducting a major review of evidence, the agency said Tuesday it has ruled out any "potential risk of aspartame causing damage to genes and inducing cancer."

The finding will be welcome news to Coca Cola Co., which recently launched an advertising campaign to dispel fears about Diet Coke after other studies showed that aspartame might be dangerous, leading to a fall in sales.

Aspartame is also known under the brand name NutraSweet.

US-led Pacific trade zone talks end without deal

SINGAPORE – The United States and 11 other nations negotiating a free trade zone stretching from Chile to