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What Is The Future Of Natural Gas Use In The U.S.?

The Kinder Morgan deal will likely make the company the largest natural gas pipeline operator in North America. This comes at a time when more people in the U.S. are becoming reliant on the fuel. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Associates and author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.
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Kinder Morgan Announces Plans To Buy El Paso

A huge deal in the energy business is just the latest signal that natural gas is a hot commodity. One of the largest natural gas pipeline operators, Kinder Morgan, is buying its rival El Paso for $21 billion.
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For Older Job Seekers, An Even More Difficult Road

Though some people have had success landing jobs in recent months, millions of Americans are still out of work. But many older people are finding it particularly difficult to get hired. Some say age discrimination is a key factor working against them.
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Mid-Sized — Not Small — Business Drives Economy

So-called "middle market" companies added 2 million workers in recent years. The middle market includes businesses with annual sales between $10 million and $1 billion. Despite their growth, they tend to lack the lobbyists, government supporters and associations that small and big businesses enjoy.
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread To Europe

Clean up is under way in cities around the world after a weekend of protests. Tens of thousands of people turned out to protest, among other things: greedy bankers, inept politicians, government austerity cuts and the growing gap between rich and poor.
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Times Have Changed Since Reagan's 1986 Tax Reform

In 1986, another politically divided Congress approved the biggest tax code overhaul in the nation's history. Though much has changed since then, today's Congress faces a similar tax crisis with a fast-approaching deadline to decide on a plan.
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Housing Recovery At Various Stages Around The U.S.

Just as communities experienced the housing bubble differently, they feel varying degrees of recovery. In North Carolina, McMansions built for bankers are now in foreclosure. Rundown houses that once sold for $500,000 in East L.A. are now going for a fraction of that. And Washington, D.C., is again seeing bidding wars.
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Obama Bus Tour Rides Rough Political Terrain In N.C.

The president won the state by a narrow margin in 2008. His fall in support among independents in North Carolina means Obama now faces a struggle to stay competitive for 2012. His problem in the state is the same one he faces everywhere: unemployment.

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