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Financially-Troubled Greece Meets IMF Deadline

Greece managed to make a $494 million debt payment to the International Monetary Fund Thursday, despite a precarious financial situation that had many speculating it would fail to do so. The problem for Greece is that there are several more deadlines on the horizon.
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Compromise On Fracking Appears To Be Settled In Maryland Legislature

Versions of a two-year delay on permits for hydraulic fracturing in parts of western Maryland have passed in each side of the General Assembly.

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A Changing Ward 8, As Seen From A Used Car Lot

We talk with a salesman about the changes he's seen in D.C.'s Ward 8 and what the future may hold.
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Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, but there could be trouble ahead for ill-informed investors. Analysts say the current upswing is driven by perceptions rather than fundamentals.
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Fight Over Barry Farm Highlights Fears About Public Housing Redevelopment

The District is planning to redevelop Barry Farm, transforming the 432 run-down townhouses into 1,400 mixed-income units with 50,000 square feet of retail. But residents worry they won't be able to return.

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States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan Defaults

Montana could soon dial back laws that allowed defaulters to have their professional and driver's licenses revoked after failing to pay back debt.
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For The Modern Man, The Sweatpant Moves Out Of The Gym

High-end sweatpants are becoming a staple in an increasing number of men's wardrobes. It's part of a global fashion trend called "athleisure," where gym clothes find their way out of the workout room.
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Who Needs Tax Hikes? Northern Virginia Budget Proposals Do Without

Local lawmakers in Northern Virginia are not looking to increase taxes in a year where they're up for reelection, and rising economic tides may indeed make them unnecessary.

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The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Lots of young adults are using apps like Venmo to settle all kinds of debts. As the apps get more popular, they've become targets for scammers and hackers. But that hasn't seemed to scare away users.
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Pirates' McCutchen: Baseball Is Dying In Economically Challenged Communities

David Greene talks to Andrew McCutchen, centerfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, about the future of baseball in America's inner cities.

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