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Occupy Offshoot Aims To Stop Foreclosures

Tuesday is billed as National Occupy Our Homes Day, and people are being asked to participate in some sort of civil disobedience at foreclosed, bank-owned homes. But a group in Madison, Wis., has been illegally moving people into foreclosed properties for the past couple of years.

For Mill Town's Youth, 'It Can't Get Any Worse'

East Millinocket, Maine, used to be a booming paper mill town that offered residents what was basically a guaranteed ticket into the middle class. But today young people are scrambling to find a new path. "It's a little scary because it's going to be tough," says high school senior Jared Lyons.
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USPS Processing Center Closings To Hit Maryland

The cash-strapped United State Postal Service will be closing 252 mail processing centers across the country next year, including two in Maryland.


Blotting — Not Squatting — In Detroit Neighborhoods

In Detroit, residents are blotting — creating a property between the size of a lot and a city block — by annexing or fencing off vacant land. It's being used to plant gardens, park cars and create suburban-style tracts in a city once packed with working class homes.
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Montgomery County Scrambles To Pay For Pensions

Pensions for Montgomery County employees, fully-funded just a decade ago, are now facing a budget shortfall.


Mall Santas Coached To Temper Kids' Expectations

Lynn Neary talks to Fred Honerkamp, a graduate from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan and current mall Santa, about the spirit — and strategy — of playing Old Saint Nick in tough economic times.

Dems Form New Plan To Fund Payroll Tax Cut

Having tried and failed to come up with a way to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut with a tax on millionaires, Senate Democrats came back with a new idea Monday: pay for it with the anticipated savings from ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.