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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.

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.


Spring Brings Some Green Shoots In Housing Market

Housing prices are still falling nationwide, but some analysts see reason for optimism in the real estate market. Home listings are dropping closer to healthy market levels, and some real estate agents report more interest among would-be buyers.

Employment Background Checks: How Far Is Too Far?

As social media grows, hiring managers have started to screen Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as running criminal background checks for potential employees. Some employers are asking applicants to hand over Facebook passwords as well.
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D.C. Budget Highlights: What’s Cut, What’s Not

Anticipating a shortfall in the budget next year, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has released a budget plan that includes a number of cuts and raising revenue through alcohol sales and traffic cameras.


Home Prices Dipped Again In Most Cities, Report Shows

There were declines again in 16 of 19 metropolitan areas. The only places were there were gains: Miami, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Occupy Groups Reimagine The Bank

Groups within the Occupy Wall Street movement are trying to overhaul the banking system — and they even dream of a new kind of bank. One activist sees "a bank that would be democratic, that would be owned by its employees and by its customers."