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Gas Prices Force More People To Take Rural Transit

As gas prices rise, more people who need to get around rural areas are boarding local transit buses and vans. Many of the low-income riders can't afford to drive. But the cost of transporting the riders is bursting town budgets.
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Surging Gas Prices Have Drivers Fuming

Gasoline costs nearly 80 cents more per gallon than it did in January. Motorists dread the trip to the pump and wonder why prices are so high — and when they'll go back down. But growing world demand could mean oil prices will continue to rise in coming years.
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Optimism Rising Along With The Number Of New Jobs

The spike in consumer sentiment came as companies began stepping up their hiring in January and February. "People pay close attention to the jobless rate," says Carroll Doherty of the Pew Research Center.
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What America Sells To The World

Last year, U.S. exports were worth $2.1 trillion. Which raises a simple question: $2.1 trillion worth of what?
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Major Banks Pass Fed's Recession Test

The Federal Reserve says most of the nation's largest banks are healthy enough to survive a severe recession. Fifteen of 19 large banks passed the latest round of so-called stress tests. Some financial institutions responded by rewarding shareholders with higher dividends. But were the tests rigorous enough?
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Fed Waits For Economic Growth To Pick Up

Even as the job market is improving and other indicators are positive, the Federal Reserve wants to keep interest rates super low until 2014. The Fed reaffirmed that policy Tuesday. That's likely because the economy is still growing slowly — not nearly fast enough to sustain consistent, long-term job creation.

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