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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.
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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.
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Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.
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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.
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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, which have been hit by lower oil prices.
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Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?
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Does This Strong Dollar Make U.S. Look Too Fat For Foreign Investors?

The economic expansion makes the country look both attractive for making money and expensive for companies getting started here.
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Sequestration To Dominate Congressional Agenda This Week

More than $90 billion in automatic federal budget cuts are on the horizon if Congress fails to act, and the capital region stands to lose more than most.

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Eurozone Threatened By Divide Between Greece And Germany

Germany, which has backed most of the bailout loans to Greece, wants Greeks to stick to austerity measures. The new Greek government says austerity has destroyed the economy.
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Keeping Women Out Of The Work Force Is Economic Nonsense

New studies show how much a country loses if it discriminates. Not only would the women themselves benefit — to the tune of $9 trillion in developing countries alone — the national economy would, too.

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