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Oil Boom Puts Strain On North Dakota Towns

A discovery of at least 2 billion barrels of oil in the western part of the state has led to an oil boom. That means a low unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, but residents question the cost. "To expect a county of 20,000 people to overnight absorb another 20,000 people is ludicrous," one official says.

Sarkozy Lays Foundation For Reshaping The Eurozone

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced German-French cooperation in proposing a new European treaty to address the debt crisis. He said Europe will be strong only if there is unity between Germany and France. But he failed to provide details about specific measures.

As U.S., Europe Hack At Budgets, Pensions Get Sliced

Retirement benefits are being cut at every level, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Economic and demographic pressures may have made cuts inevitable, but they are generating strong opposition.
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Lincoln Biopic: Film Incentives Often Not Worth Cost

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While residents are excited about seeing Spielberg's Lincoln shot in Richmond, Va., one economist questions the extent of the economic benefit the film brings.


A European Solution Germany Can Feel Good About

There are basically two solutions to the European debt crisis. The problem is there's a barrier blocking both these potential solutions — a certain European country known for its beer and brats — Germany.
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Pounding The Pavement As A Former Prisoner

A man talks about the choices he made on a single day in the 1970s, and how they still haunt him today.
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Serendipitous Encounter Transforms An African Immigrant's Life

A chance meeting on a District street corner forever changed the life of a Kenyan man who had fallen on hard times.