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Subprime Market Aids Car Industry Growth

The average credit score for new- and used-car buyers has taken a fall since the days of the financial crisis in 2008. It's fallen especially in the last two quarters. Brands such as Kia and Dodge are gobbling up a disproportionate number of subprime buyers. An increasing number of new-car buyers are getting loans with interest rates higher than 10 percent.
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More Americans Putting The 'Dream' On Hold

NPR's new series explores how the "American Dream" is evolving during a period of economic uncertainty. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the series, and whether home ownership is still at the heart of the "American Dream," even after the historic collapse of the housing market.
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Help Wanted. But Not For Mid-Level Jobs

Changes in the job market have meant fewer jobs for those with mid-level skills. Economists call the trend labor "polarization" and say it's forcing those in the middle to take jobs at lower pay.
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A Holiday Treat: Lower Prices At The Pump

If you're one of millions of motorists on the roads this holiday weekend, you may have noticed something unexpected and welcome: Gas prices are falling. Host Scott Simon talks with Daniel Yergin, chairman of HIS Cambridge Energy Research Associates about the trend.
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Spanish Lender Requests $24 Billion Bailout

Like what happened to U.S. banks in 2008, Bankia is close to collapse in part because Spain's busted real-estate market saddled it with bad loans.
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Consumer Confidence Highest Since Before Recession, Survey Says

According to the latest Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey, confidence has risen to a level not seen since late 2007. And if confidence is on the rise, that could affect both the economy and the 2012 campaign.
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Space Station's Robot Arm Grabs SpaceX Capsule

If all continues to go well, a private spacecraft sent to orbit by the company SpaceX is expected to dock with the International Space Station on Friday. The mission is historic because it is the first for the commercial spaceflight industry.

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