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Bank Customers Complain Of Call Center Run-Around

The $25 billion mortgage settlement between states and major lenders requires banks to provide "a single point of contact" for homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. The same requirement was agreed to in a previous deal with banks. But some customers say they're still having lots of trouble getting anyone to return their calls.
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Miami Boat Show Attracts High-End Crowd

The Miami Boat Show, which is held on Presidents Day weekend, always promises a look at nice, new toys. This year, the show is aiming at the rich and fabulous yachting set. One of the new "yacht toys" being demonstrated: a personal submarine for just $50,000.
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Bondholders Could Lose Big In Greece Bailout Plan

The resolution of the Greek debt crisis will depend, in part, on whether bondholders can be persuaded to take big losses on their holdings. At this point, it appears that most are willing to take their lumps and move on. But if enough of them balk at the settlement, it could tip Greece into default.
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Rising Gas Prices Could Put Sting On Summer

The national average for unleaded gas has risen to $3.50 a gallon only three times in history. This year's rise to that threshold is the earliest ever, and the Department of Energy suggests that prices could near $5 a gallon by the start of the summer driving season. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Phil Flynn of the futures brokerage PFGBEST.
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In Today's Economy, How Far Can A GED Take You?

Each year, roughly 750,000 high school dropouts try to improve their prospects by taking the General Educational Development test, or GED, long considered the equivalent of a high school diploma. But the latest research shows that people with GEDs are no better off than dropouts when it comes to their chances of getting a good job.
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'Made In The USA' Not Enough For Campaign Trail

This week, President Obama touted the success of the government-engineered rescue of GM and Chrysler as evidence of a return of U.S. manufacturing. Despite that success, Republican White House hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney say the auto bailout was the wrong move to revive the economy.
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Greek Bailout Draws Ire From Germany

The dominant role of Germany in the Greek bailout has triggered special venom in Greece. Melissa Block talks to Nikos Konstandaras, managing editor of the leading Greek daily Kathimerini, about the tensions between the Greeks and the Germans.

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Middle Class Greeks Losing Hope Amid Austerity

A number of Greeks are struggling to get by as the country's economy falters, including a group of middle class families in one Athens apartment building. They save they've lost hope they'll ever have a decent life again.

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