Historically, young people have been much less likely to vote than older Americans. That trend has started to change in recent presidential elections, including in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama capitalized on the under-30 vote. But political analysts say young voters in 2012 are harder to read.
The housing sector turmoil scared a lot of people away from buying homes. Now, many people who can afford to buy are renting, sending rental prices soaring. In places such as New York City, they're near record highs.
Lucky ticket holders won't be the only beneficiaries of last week's $656 million Mega Millions jackpot. State legislatures will also reap millions from ticket sales. Audie Cornish talks with Charles Clotfelter, an economics and public policy professor at Duke University, about how much states will make from the lottery drawing.
Federal agents busted Oaksterdam University, one of California's most prominent medical marijuana institutions. The raid of the school in downtown Oakland and other dispensaries yesterday brings into sharp focus the disconnect between state and federal policies on medical marijuana.
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