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College Students Join Occupy Wall Street Protests

Students at more than 100 colleges across the country rallied Thursday to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Demonstrators, both on and off campus, are voicing increasing frustration with the high cost of college, mounting student debt loads and the lousy job market for recent graduates.

Despite Doubts, Support For Eurozone Is 'Strong'

The 27 nations in the European Union are feeling pressured to help solve the debt crisis. Seventeen of those nations share the euro. Joao Vale de Almeida, the European Union's ambassador to the U.S., tells Steve Inskeep the crisis has made them realize they are not fully equipped to handle difficult times, but they are moving forward.

Playing Chicken To Cut The Deficit

If you've ever thought that most of politics is game-playing, you're right. Political scientists often use mathematical game theory to describe how Congress works. And when they look at the current battle over how to handle the deficit, the game that comes to mind is chicken.

Charlotte Sees Beyond Bank Of America's Troubles

The North Carolina city is perhaps best known as the home of Bank of America. But Mayor Anthony Foxx, banks aren't the city's only job engines. Other big sectors include energy, health care and transportation. Energy workers now compete with bankers for a sunny spot to lunch downtown.

A New Muesli Maker's Quest For The Cereal Aisle

Ian Szalinski is trying to jump from a one-man mixing and packaging operation to a specialty foods company that could sell its cereal to major supermarket chains. The product and its packaging are key for bigger buyers, and with already small margins, he's feeling the pinch in the transition.

Defending Defense Contracts: Programs Turn To PR

The Obama administration wants 10 percent — or $450 billion — in defense cuts over the next decade. It's the first time since 2001 that the Defense Department has had to fight for funding. That has meant lobbying Congress and even going to the public for support.

Tracking The Media's Eye On Occupy Wall Street

At first, the complaint from the left was that news organizations had ignored the movement. But as they swung their gaze, journalists weren't quite sure how to characterize what they saw. Lacking easy labels, Occupy Wall Street proved difficult for the media to categorize — and to cover.

Silence Of Super(secret)committee May Be Progress

On Capitol Hill, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has gone silent for the past month. The 12 members have been meeting behind closed doors — sometimes all together, sometimes in smaller groups — to try to hammer out a deal on future budget cuts.

A Labor Mismatch Means Trucking Jobs Go Unfilled

Even with many looking for work, some employers say they just can't find the right people to hire. The problem hit the trucking industry, prompting one company to offer driving schools with the promise of a job upon completion. But other open jobs require more training, making them harder to fill.