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'It's Bad For Business': Employers Side With DOMA Opponents

Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks and Citigroup are among 278 employers asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. They say the 1996 law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages costs them time and money and hurts their ability to create an inclusive work environment.
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Feds Ban Banks From Charging Homeowners Fees On 'Forced Insurance'

Since 2009, millions of struggling homeowners have been moved onto higher-premium homeowners insurance after missing mortgage payments. It's known as "force-placed insurance." On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced new rules to crack down on the fees and commissions that insurers pay to lenders.
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Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation"

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

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Trillions Earned Under Table As More Work Off Radar

Millions of Americans are officially jobless, but that doesn't mean they're not earning money. To help make ends meet, many unemployed and underemployed people are working in what economists call the 'shadow economy.' Host Michel Martin speaks with Bloomberg economics reporter Joshua Zumbrun about this trend.
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Police: Berezovsky's Death 'Consistent With Hanging'

Authorities say there were no signs of a struggle, suggesting that the Russian oligarch committed suicide, although pathologists still have final tests to run.
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Head Of Bank Of Cyprus Quits After Appointment Of Special Administrator

The special administrator is charged with overseeing the bank's restructuring and the absorption of a smaller Cypriot bank.
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Home Prices Rose Again In January, But Consumer Confidence Is Down

The housing sector's recovery continues. Prices were up more than 7 percent in major cities.
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New Atlantic City Casino Files For Bankruptcy

The Revel Casino isn't even a year old yet but Monday it filed for bankruptcy. The move will turn over control to lenders. The hope is that the casino can get rid of more than a billion dollars in debt. But it's not lights out for the glitzy Revel, the casino along with its hotel, theaters, restaurants and night clubs will remain open during the financial restructuring.

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