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Route 1 Center Targets Hidden Poverty In One Of Maryland's Richest Counties

Howard County in Maryland is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, but some people are still struggling to make ends meet.

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As Economy Improves, Wages Remain Stagnant

Monthly jobless data is released Friday. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.
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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

Oil companies hope to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River in Washington. Proponents say it will bring economic growth, but others fear it could mean fiery accidents.
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In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy

Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate.
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States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Administrators are trying new recruiting tactics and offering bonuses to make up for the shortfall. But for now, open shifts in some states have to be covered with mandatory overtime.
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Increase In Subprime Car Loans Could Lead To Trouble

When it comes to buying cars, there has been a growth in lending to people with sub-prime credit. Lenders are also extending loan terms. But both could be signs of danger.
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Your Grandparents Spent More Of Their Money On Food Than You Do

Shelling out dough at the grocery store can often feel painful. But Americans on average actually spend far less on food relative to their income than they did 50 years ago.

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Wages And Prices: A Welcome Breakup

A Commerce Department report shows paychecks are fatter, prices are leaner and Americans are saving more. Meanwhile, prices fell by 0.5 percent. That's helping consumers on the rebound from recession.
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Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

The NASDAQ composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, crossing the 5,000 mark in early trading Monday.
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People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

People with household incomes of less than $25,000 a year say in a new poll that the lack of cash really hurts their health. Low-quality food and dangerous housing are two reasons why.

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