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Why Do Americans Bother To Fly Over The Holidays?

Airline travel has become unpleasant — what with long lines and numerous fees. Linda Wertheimer talks to Seth Kaplan of Airline Weekly about the business behind air travel, airlines and airfare.
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Marriage Economy: 'I Couldn't Afford To Get Divorced'

The nation's high unemployment rate is straining many marriages, a new survey finds. At the same time, many unhappy couples say they feel trapped, unable to afford a breakup. Experts say that's a dangerous combination that can increase the risk of domestic violence.
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Some Jobless Saved By The Salvation Army Bell

Although in the past bell ringers were primarily volunteers, for many behind the kettle today, the temporary job has become a lifesaver. For first-time bell ringers Lynn and Rusty Smith, the minimum wage job is helping to keep them afloat during tough economic times.
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Uranium Report Leaves Questions Unanswered In Virginia

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences says that Virginia is still years away from having the regulatory framework necessary to support uranium mining.

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Rep. Dreier Discusses Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Robert Siegel speaks with California Republican Rep. David Dreier for the latest on the payroll tax cut and the House vote.
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House Rejects Senate's Payroll Tax Extension

The House blew up the end-of-year deal to extend the payroll tax holiday, but it insists it's the Senate's fault. If both chambers fail to forge a compromise, taxes go up, unemployment benefits expire and payments to Medicare doctors get cut by 27 percent — all starting Jan. 1.

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