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Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived

When the parade is over, all those beads the crowd so eagerly called for seem to lose their shine. Rather than see the leftovers end up in a landfill, one New Orleans group collects and recycles them.
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With Detroit's New Plan, Plenty Of Pain To Go Around

Detroit's emergency manager recently released his plan to get the city through bankruptcy. What do retired city workers think about possible reductions to their pension through the city's bankruptcy?
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In Drafting A Presidential Budget, Cost May Outweigh Benefit

The president's budget no longer dictates policy as it once did, but the annual exercise in political theater continues — often receiving more criticism than praise. So what's the value in having it?
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Marching Into Spring, Realtors' Hopes Rise

Economists say strong home sales this spring could drive job creation, as well as boost personal wealth and consumer confidence.
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Courts Take A Kinder Look At Victims Of Child Sex Trafficking

It's a stunning contradiction: Girls too young to legally consent to sex are being prosecuted for selling it. Some cities are setting up special courts to help these children rather than punish them.
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Some States Find Ways To Restore Cut Food Stamp Funding

This month, a new round of food stamp cuts is set to take effect. The farm bill passed last month closed a loophole called "Heat and Eat," saving the country about $8.5 billion over the next decade. Some states have found a way to restore that funding.
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Oregon Braces For Latest Round Of Food Stamp Cuts

There has been no action to circumvent the latest round of food stamp cuts in Oregon. About 140,000 Oregonians will lose a significant portion of their benefits if the cuts are allowed to continue there, and recipients and food banks alike are bracing for the change.
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A Picket Line At The Oscars: Visual-Effects Artists To Protest

For the second year, hundreds of visual-effects workers will be protesting instead of celebrating Hollywood's big night. They say subsidies luring studios abroad are draining the profession.
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Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine

In response, Ukraine has put its own forces on alert and warned that a Russian invasion would spark war between the two countries.
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New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina

The former home of a New Orleans musical great Professor Longhair was severely damaged by Katrina. It was recently restored by local nonprofits, and now his daughter and her son, who are homeless, plan to move back in.

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