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Immigrants Welcomed: A City Sees Economic Promise

While some cities push measures that drive immigrants away, some cities are doing exactly the opposite. Dayton, Ohio, adopted a plan to rebuild its battered economy by attracting immigrants — an approach that's influencing the way other cities deal with immigration.
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An Urban Tree Farm Grows In Detroit

How does a post-industrial city manage property that no longer generates tax revenue but still needs the grass cut? One entrepreneur says he has a solution: He's buying up 1,500 empty city lots and planting thousands of trees. But where backers see a visionary proposal, critics see a land grab.
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Consumer Spending, Orders For Durable Goods Rose In November

The increases add to signs that the economy continues to rebound from the 2007-09 recession and the slow recovery that followed.
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Plug Pulled On 'Plan B,' House Breaks For Christmas

House Speaker John Boehner was dealt a major defeat Thursday night. After spending most of the week trying to round up votes for his "Plan B" to extend tax cuts for virtually everyone, he pulled the measure without a vote. The clock keeps ticking toward the end of the year, when automatic tax increases and spending cuts are set to hit.
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Yes Virginia, There Is A Smartphone-Controlled Toilet

A Japanese company recently announced it has such a device. Using a smartphone app, you can flush without touching the handle. You can also raise and lower the seat, and there are built-in speakers.
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Limiting Home Mortgage Deduction Would Raise Revenue

Morning Edition's series, "Twelve Days of Tax Deductions," zeroes in on some of the tax breaks that lawmakers are grappling with as they try to avoid the "fiscal cliff." The home mortgage interest tax deduction is one of the biggest breaks in the tax code.
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Long Island Power Authority Faces Commission

Following Superstorm Sandy hundreds of thousands of people on Long Island went weeks without power. Elected officials blamed the Long Island Power Authority — calling it in need of federal take over. Thursday night, executives for the utility finally answered questions from investigators who are preparing a report on how to overhaul the utility business in New York.
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Bernie Madoff's Brother Is Headed To Prison

A federal judge sentenced Peter Madoff to the maximum sentence, 10 years, after he pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy.

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