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Poverty Rates Linked To Fractured Families

Federal data shows that children in fractured families have a significantly higher chance of living in poverty, increasing the burden on public services.

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How Europe Economic Woes Could Affect U.S. Markets

Slovenia, Finland and Germany parliaments are scheduled to vote this week on a rescue package to prevent Greece from defaulting. What does this mean for Wall Street and Main Street in America? Guest host Jacki Lyden hears from Wall Street Journal Reporter Sudeep Reddy and Bloomberg Business Week Senior Writer Roben Farzad.
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Home Prices Edged Up In July, Report Says

But the housing sector is "still far from a sustained recovery," according to economists who produce the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller index.
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Philadelphia Revives Mounted Police Program

The Philadelphia police department's newest recruits are cooling their heels on a farm in bucolic Ambler, Pa. The department recently acquired 11 horses, and started training officers to use them in crowd-control and related operations. That runs counter to thinking at other departments around the country, which have recently closed their equestrian units in a cost-cutting move.
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Eurozone's Looming Financial Crisis

For a long time, much of the world saw the eurozone sovereign debt crisis as Europe's problem. Now world leaders, including the United States, realize a eurozone meltdown could have dire consequences for everyone. They are working up a massive rescue plan whose contours are beginning to emerge. Although Britain does not use the euro, that nation's politicians are using their party conventions to issue dire warnings about the euro's fate. And one eminent economist is proposing a novel solution to limit the impact of the European debt crisis.
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Smaller Banks Use Free Checking To Lure Customers

Community banks and credit unions are attracting consumers as big banks add fees for accounts that used to be free. Smaller institutions can still afford to offer the service because they aren't affected by a law that cuts debit card fees for large banks.
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Retirement: Reality Not As Rosy As Expectations

For a sizable chunk of Americans, retirement is proving to be more difficult than they had imagined, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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Air Force And Navy Turn To Biofuels

The military is trying to make big changes in what fuel it uses. The Air Force and Navy have been testing their aircraft — everything from fighters to unmanned spy planes — on fuel made from vegetable oil or even animal fat. One catch: It costs 10 times the price of traditional fuel.
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As Puerto Rican Economy Lags, Some Question Cuts

To try to jump-start Puerto Rico's economy, Gov. Luis Fortuno pushed through a series of cost-cutting measures — including eliminating more than 20,000 government jobs. This has helped close Puerto Rico's large budget deficit, but it's done little to help those struggling to find jobs.

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