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Despite Low Rates, Investors Rely On Treasuries

The interest rate on the 10-year Treasury bond issued last week fell to 1.5 percent. That means, if you bought such a bond and inflation stayed about where it is now, you wouldn't make any money. The rates on Japanese and German debt are even lower.
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Montgomery County Planning Board Considers Costco Gas Station

A Costco "mega" gas station in Wheaton has drawn the ire of residents concerned with its proximity to their community, and a Montgomery County planning board is considering restrictions on where such structures can be built.

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Generation Rent: Slamming Door Of Homeownership

The economic hammer has fallen especially hard on young adults, many of whom might never be able to buy a home. In a nation where homeownership marks the American dream, a generation of renters could alter communities and redefine the idea of middle-class success.
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Economy Is Poised For More Growth, But 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms, Bernanke Says

The Federal Reserve chairman sees reasons for growth to continue. But he warns that automatic spending cuts and the expiration of the so-called Bush tax cuts threaten to derail the recovery.
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Greek Unemployment Hits Record High, Is Nearly Double Eurozone Average

The official unemployment rate now stands at 21.9 percent. It's yet another sign of how troubled times are in Greece.
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Jobless Claims Dipped Last Week

There were 377,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, down 12,000 from the week before. But the number of claims for the previous week was revised up.
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After Big Gain, Markets Look To Rise Again; All Eyes On Bernanke

The Federal Reserve chairman talks about the outlook for the economy this morning. Investors will listen closely for clues to the Fed's plans.
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HBO Says 'No' To Streaming Service Request

Fans who were hoping to watch shows on the web without having to go through a cable or satellite providers, got a swift response to their request from HBO: No. An Internet campaign asked people to tweet how much they would be willing to pay for a standalone HBO GO streaming service.
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Big Data Needs May Create Thousands Of Tech Jobs

The need to store digital information is growing. Tens of thousands of new jobs are expected to be created over the next six years to take full advantage of that ocean of information known as big data.

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