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Virginia Residents Urged To Check Quake Coverage

Many residents of Virginia were caught flat-footed by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake last August, so regulators are uging homeowners to check to see if their insurance coverage prepares them for future tremors.

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Consumer Spending Jumped Up In February, Incomes Rose Just A Little

The news could be a sign that consumers are feeling better about how the economy is doing, and are willing to spend more even if their incomes are rising only slowly.
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Georgetown Waterfront Bouncing Back From Floods

Flooding on the Georgetown Waterfront last year took out many businesses like Tony and Joe's Seafood Place. While their reconstruction is close to being complete, the uncharacteristically warm winter has almost made up for it.

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Government (In)Efficiency ?

The federal governments 'office manager' -- an agency that should be synonymous with fiscal restraint -- is under fire for lavish spending at a Las Vegas Convention. Major miscalculations? Election year pandering? Or something else?

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Austerity Measures Prompt Spanish Workers To Strike

Workers walked off the job in Spain on Thursday, halting public transport, closing schools and leaving hospitals with emergency staff only. The general strike was called by unions in response to the conservative government's labor reforms, which let companies opt out of collective bargaining agreements and fire workers more cheaply. But more punishing austerity could still be to come, as Spain tries to whittle down its budget deficit under pressure from Brussels.
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Republicans Barrel GOP Budget Through House

The House debated the budget plan of Representative Paul Ryan, an ambitious blueprint that would cut taxes and spending. But some fellow Republicans still opposed it for not cutting the deficit fast enough.
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A D.C. Couple Shares A Passion For Pennies

A D.C. couple share their passion for an unusual hobby: squishing pennies.
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National Trend 'Mobs' Local Businesses With Cash

In a "flash mob," hundreds of people invade a public space to do something in unison. But a "cash mob" adds a mission to that idea. All over the country, crowds of people are being organized on social media sites to invade mom-and-pop stores at a specific day and time to spend money locally.
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Can A Small Town Survive Without Its Bank?

Alburgh, Vt., is on a remote peninsula near the Canadian border. But even though the town is rural, it's always had a bank. So when its citizens learned the People's United Bank branch on Main Street was closing, they feared their community would turn into a ghost town.
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D.C. Council Considers Forgoing Automatic Raises

Members of the D.C. Council are scheduled to receive $3,000 cost of living increase to their salaries this year, but many are signing waivers, saying it's not fair for them to get pay increases while other city workers do not.

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