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Marshall Heights: The Ups And Downs Of A Neighborhood East Of The River

As late as the 1950s, Marshall Heights had the nickname of "Shantytown." Now researchers are calling it one of Washington's fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods.

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Shifting Stance, Some GOP Candidates Back State Minimum Wage Hikes

As free-market conservatives, Republicans are philosophically opposed to raising the minimum wage. But a handful in tight races are having second thoughts.
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Why Some Federal Agencies Panic This Time Of Year

Analysis finds that federal agencies green-light projects in late September to fund them before the fiscal year expires. And quality suffers, compared with projects approved at other times of year.
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Nobelist Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter

The founding father of "microcredit" is helping to judge a contest with maxidollars: the Clinton Global Initiative's Hult Prize, granting $1 million to a new business idea that'll help the poor.
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Move To Curb U.S. Corporate Tax Dodges Could Delay Reform

Business and consumer groups say Congress needs to reform taxes, but few expect change soon. In fact, Treasury's tweaks to tax law may diminish the political will to address broader tax reform.
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Seattle Plan To Ease Public Housing Waitlist Is Met With Criticism

The city's pubic housing agency wants to hike rents for current residents who are able to work and are not disabled. But that announcement has led to an outcry from those in public housing.
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Ebola's Toll: Farmers Aren't Farming, Traders Aren't Trading

Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were just starting to see economic progress after years of conflict. The blow of Ebola, says the World Bank, could be "catastrophic."
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Treasury Announces New Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges

The Treasury said corporations were increasingly moving their parent companies overseas to dodge U.S. taxes. The Treasury said the practice erodes the tax base.
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With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week's Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.
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Criminalization Of Poverty

Debtors' prisons were outlawed in the U.S. nearly 200 years ago, but across the country, counties and cites are increasingly passing costs along to offenders, and people unable to pay are ending up in jail. We explore the issues.

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