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Housing Crisis A Hot Topic For Presidential Hopefuls

President Obama is visiting Nevada, a state at the center of the foreclosure crisis. His administration has some programs in place to try to help struggling homeowners. But the leading GOP White House hopefuls so far haven't said much about how they would fix the downturn.
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U.S. Military Boosts Clean Energy, With Startup Help

Fuel convoys are expensive and dangerous, pushing the military to seek out new energy sources. That frequently pairs them with alternative energy startups, which some call risky ventures. For the companies themselves, the chance to work with the military means more investment and a chance to expand.
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Labor Worries Rise As Planting Season Nears In Ala.

Alabama farmers are facing a labor crisis because of the state's new immigration law. So far, piecemeal efforts to match the unemployed or work release inmates to farm jobs are not panning out, and farmers are asking state lawmakers to do something before the spring planting season.
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Today's Wall Street Not Much Different From 2008

Regardless of how Europe resolves its debt crisis, changes are needed. Like the U.S., Europe's road to recovery is likely to be long and difficult. As European markets get closer to a meltdown and the echoes of the 2008 banking crisis still resonate in the U.S., has anything changed on Wall Street?
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Products R Us: Are We 'Brandwashed'?

Did you really think the apples you lifted out of a wooden crate at a grocery store came from a local farm? Think again. As Martin Lindstrom explains in his new book, Brandwashed, companies use many tricks to manipulate our minds and persuade us to buy.
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What's The Supercommittee Up To?

Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, otherwise known as the supercommittee. The group is working on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Host Audie Cornish gets an update from Van Hollen, who played a major role in Vice President Joe Biden's debt talks earlier this year.
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Murdoch Confronts Critics At News Corp. Meeting

The company held its first shareholder's meeting since the U.K. phone-hacking scandal erupted. Outside, protesters assembled to condemn News Corp.'s leadership. Inside, investors protested, too.
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A Bid To Bring Foreign Buyers To The Housing Market

Foreigners could get a tourist visa if they spend $500,000 in cash on homes and live in the U.S. for at least half the year, under proposed legislation. Home sales are in decline, so Sens. Mike Lee and Chuck Schumer introduced the bill to attract wealthy people abroad to spend their money in the U.S.

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