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American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality

The idea of the American Dream is woven through this country's politics, music and culture. It suggests a belief that hard work pays off, and that children will have a better life than their parents. But as the effects of the economic downturn continue to reverberate, many feel the American Dream is in jeopardy.
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Family Matters: Pitching In To Take Care Of Grandma

Sharing the duties of caring for the family's 87-year-old matriarch has brought the Martin family closer together. Everyone in the multigenerational household, including the teenage kids, lends a hand. But the situation is also forcing the Harrisburg, Pa., family to think about the future in new ways.
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Listening To Parents Key To Financial Responsibility

Mothers and fathers can make a difference in whether their kids become spenders or savers, studies have found. Young people whose families had included them in conversations about money and budgets were much more likely to make more responsible financial decisions in the future.
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'Flash Drought' Threatens To Destroy Mo. Crops

Climatologists call it a "flash drought," a sudden, unexpected burst of high temperatures and low humidity that can wither crops in a matter of days. And with temperatures hovering above 90 degrees, farmers worry the weather could have disastrous consequences on corn and other crops.
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As Headphones Invade The Office, Are We Lonelier?

Headphones have become common in the workplace, allowing people to tune out their co-workers. But in many cases, those same co-workers are still communicating — online. Critics say technology is letting us hide from one another, but in one case study workers who posted on an internal company blog actually increased productivity.
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The Graveyard Of Shelved Ice Cream Flavors

For our summer cemetery road trip series, we visit Ben and Jerry's "Flavor Graveyard" in Waterbury, Vt. Here, ice cream flavors that the company has killed off are memorialized. "You feel bad when the good ones just don't make it anymore," Ben and Jerry's Grand Poobah of Publicity, Sean Greenwood, tells host David Greene.
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Controversy Rages Over Farm Safety Rules For Teens

Farm worker advocates and top Obama administration officials have been pushing hard for new regulations that would improve safety for teenagers working on farms. But facing fierce opposition from the agriculture industry and its allies in Congress, the Department of Labor abruptly withdrew a set of rules that advocates said could save dozens of lives every year.

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