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Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Over 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from $9,000 to $30,000. The percentage of students with debt has shot up from about half to nearly 70 percent.
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Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

The 1989 oil spill prompted changes in oil industry regulation and spill research. But oil companies today are working in more remote places than ever, from the Arctic to deep below the ocean floor.
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Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7

President Obama and other leaders of the world's biggest industrialized nations say they're not going to summit with Russia in June.
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A Primer On The Sanctions Against Russia

The sanctions are limited, but have already have had some impact. In the words of Russia's finance minister, they are "definitely a negative" for how Russia's economy is perceived.
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To Afford Rent, D.C.'s Minimum Wage Earners Must Work 137 Hours Per Week

The heads of minimum wage households need to work 137 hours — the equivalent of three and a half full-time jobs — to afford the rent on a two-bedroom home in the District.

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High-Tech Training Programs Try Deferred Payment System

The U.S. has more high-tech jobs open than it can fill. The problem is many of these programs cost tens of thousands of dollars which makes them out of reach for folks who are out of work.
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After Winter's Chill, Economists Predict A Warming Trend

A cold, snowy winter in most of the country hurt economic growth, but forecasters see conditions improving for the rest of the year.
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Maryland Lawmakers To Receive 15.7 Percent Raise

A commission has recommended an increase in the salaries for Maryland lawmakers over the next four years.

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Need Money For Your Startup? Being An Attractive Male May Help

When men and women pitch the same business idea to venture capitalists, men are awarded money more often. A new study found that appearance also factors into whether or not an idea will get funded.
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Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers

More Americans are hopping on a bus or taking a train to get to work. Public transit ridership in the U.S. is now at the highest that it has been in more than half a century.

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