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The Hard Truth About Defaulting On Student Loans

Skipping a student loan payment might seem like the easy way out — but it could be more trouble than it's worth. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Sandy Baum at the Urban Institute, who says parents and even grandparents could end up on the hook.
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Why A 'White Guy' Bought A House In Detroit For $500

When Drew Philp bought a house in Detroit for $500, he thought it would take a lot of work to make it livable. But as he was fixing it up, he learned a lot about Detroit and rebuilding a city. He tells guest host Celeste Headlee about the experience.
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'Gut-Wrenching' Chicago Clergy Abuse Documents Go Online

Church officials have handed over thousands of pages of formerly secret papers to attorneys representing victims. The documents cover 30 of the 65 or so Chicago-area clergy who the church believes abused children in the '70s, '80s and '90s.
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Workers May Be Missing, Or Maybe Just Retiring

Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.
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What Is This Bombogenesis And Why Is It Dumping Snow On Us?

The type of storm that's blowing up the East Coast of the U.S. on Tuesday has an explosive-sounding name. Add bombogenesis to the growing list of weather terms we're learning about this winter — a list that also includes polar vortex.
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Framework Of Syria Peace Talks Divides Interested Parties

A long delayed Syrian peace conference is to begin in Switzerland on Wednesday. In 2012, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart issued a joint call for talks between the Syrian government and the opposition to reach agreement on a transitional government with "full executive authority." For the U.S., that means Syria's president would be out of power. But the Russians don't see it that way, arguing only the Syrian people can decide on their leader.
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Soba: More Than Just Noodles, It's A Cultural Heritage ... And An Art Form

The United Nations has named traditional Japanese cuisine — known as washoku — an intangible cultural heritage. One of the oldest foods of washoku is the soba noodle. But what most Americans call soba is a pale comparison to the actual cuisine. One woman in Southern California is trying to keep the true traditional noodle alive in America.
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TV Station Probes Fla. City For Alleged Snow Plow Purchases

A local ABC affiliate jumped on a tip that officials in Largo had spent more than $20,000 for 2 snow plows. The last measurable snow in Largo was in 1977. The public works director told WFTS-TV the plows are for clearing debris after huge storms like hurricanes or tornadoes.
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More Cities Bring Buried Streams Back To Life

New urban waterways are making a come back. Cincinnati is following the lead of Seattle, Kalamazoo, Mich., and other cities by bringing back a buried stream that has been underground for a century. Uncovering these streams have environmental and economic benefits.
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Business Major Hopes Ads Will Pay Off His Student Loans

Alex Benda graduates this spring from the University of Michigan at Flint. He is selling advertising space on his graduation cap. He wants $300 for an ad that's 1 square inch in size. If he could sell 100 ads, he'd pay off his student loans.

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