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Solyndra Highlights Long History Of Energy Subsidies

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will face scrutiny on Capitol Hill Thursday over loans to the failed solar firm. But the government has a long history of subsidizing many kinds of energy, from coal to oil to wind. Still, different sectors disagree on whether tax deductions should be considered a subsidy.
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PG County Defers Ban On Slot Machines

The Prince George's County Council opted Tuesday to put off a decision on a bill that would have effectively banned slot machine casinos in the state, leaving the possibility open for the future, subject to a referendum.

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Chu Discusses Solyndra Controversy

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will answer congressional questioning over the handling of a large federal loan guarantee made to the solar energy company Solyndra. The California-based company was to be the first of many American green technology innovators to receive support from the U.S. government. Two years later, Solyndra went belly-up. Melissa Block speaks with Chu about the scrutiny he is now facing over his support of the company.
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N.Y. Police Clear Out Zuccotti Park

Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted in a predawn raid by New York City Police, and the encampment in Zuccotti Park was dismantled.
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NYC Taxi Medallions Fetch 'Unbelievable' Returns

A taxi medallion gives the bearer the right to pick up rides for hire — and it turns out it's also a great investment vehicle. Two New York City medallions recently sold for a record $1 million each, around a 1,000 percent increase since 1980. How did they get so valuable?
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As Occupy Camps Close, What's Next For Movement?

One option is that it will move more fully onto college campuses. Another, potentially more intriguing possibility: The protest will move freely between "real" and "virtual" worlds, appearing en masse both online and in physical locations.
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SBA Steps Up To Provide Disaster Aid To Va.

While FEMA denied Virginia's request for federal disaster assistance following Tropical Storm Lee, the Small Business Association is stepping up to provide relief to area businesses and residents.

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