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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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Investors Endure Another Disappointing Year

In 2011, savers earned almost no interest in savings accounts. That was painful because consumer prices were rising by nearly 3.5 percent. Investors also found it tough going. Most stocks declined, with prices falling by roughly 5 percent across the board. But there were some bright spots: gold and bonds.

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