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Would-Be Homebuyers Appear To Be More Confident

Is the U.S. housing sector about to make a comeback? Home builders apparently think so. Every month, the National Association of Home Builders publishes its housing market index. The July report shot up to its highest level in five years. It is, however, still well below historical averages.
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Economic Recovery Has Yet To Gain Strong Footing

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal and Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist, about the U.S. economy. What kind of a recovery are we looking at, and where is the growth coming from?
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Bernanke: U.S. Economic Growth Is Slowing

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that progress toward bringing down the nation's high unemployment rate will be "frustratingly slow." He reiterated previous statements that the Fed stands ready to do more, but declined to be specific about what it would do. Bernanke also defended the Fed's role in addressing the manipulation of a benchmark interest rate by at least one big bank.
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Is The Big Apple About To Lose Its Love Of Linsanity?

Jeremy Lin's storybook career with the New York Knicks might have reached an abrupt end before the first chapter even finished. After rising from obscurity to NBA stardom, Lin got a rich offer from the Houston Rockets. The Knicks have until midnight to decide whether to match the offer or let Linsanity go.
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States To Use U.S. Immigration List For Voter Purges

Florida's pact with federal officials clears a path for other states, including some in key battlegrounds, to verify voters' citizenship using a database known as SAVE, or Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements.
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Pot Growers May Be Killing Rare Creatures With Poison, Researchers Say

The fisher, a weasel-like animal, is already a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Now, researchers have evidence that the animals have been exposed to lethal poison used by power growers to protect their plants from animals.
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Recipe For Good Friendships: Best If Formed By 30

In a piece in The New York Times, writer Alex Williams explores why it's harder to form meaningful friendships later in life. "As people approach midlife," he writes, "the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading."
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States Make Tough Calls To Close Budget Gaps

Over half of U.S. states will have to close a combined budget gap of 55 billion dollars, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in the 2013 fiscal year. To avoid raising taxes, most states are implementing continued cuts to deal with budget shortfalls.
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FDA Bans Chemical BPA From Sippy Cups And Baby Bottles

Years after chemical companies stop using BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, the Food and Drug Administration announces a ban. But consumer groups say FDA should do more and ban BPA from all food containers.

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