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Occupy Movement Marks May Day With Protests

The Occupy protest movement was out in force Tuesday. May 1 is traditionally a day for labor demonstrations. For the most part, the demonstrations were noisy and theatrical but restrained.
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How Colleges Fight For Top Students

Colleges use money to woo top students. It's an effective tactic, but it drives up tuition for everyone else.
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Should Banks Maintain Abandoned Properties?

Chicago has dug in its heels on a new city ordinance that puts banks on the line for securing and maintaining vacant homes. But the federal government, on behalf of mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is fighting the law in a test case that could affect other cities, too.
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NBC Will Stream The London Olympics Live — But Only To TV Subscribers

For the first time, American viewers of the Summer Olympics won't be limited by two words many sports fans loathe: "tape" and "delay." After years of saving the most popular events for prime time, NBC will also stream live video of the London Games, online and via mobile.
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Time To Trade The Lease For A Mortgage?

Falling prices and low interest rates are making it even cheaper to buy a house these days. And rising rents in many areas make it more tempting to take the plunge. According to the Census Bureau, the national homeownership rate is at a 15-year low.
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Politics Not Far From Obama, Romney On Bin Laden Anniversary

Eight years ago, it was President George W. Bush who rode national security to re-election by raising doubts about his 2004 Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, This year, however, the tables have turned. It's the Democrat in the White House who is challenging Republicans on what has been a traditional area of GOP strength.
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Romney, Obama Mark A Year Since Bin Laden's Death

Tuesday is the one year anniversary of the Special Forces mission in Pakistan that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. The daring nighttime raid ended a ten-year manhunt. It was a triumph for the military, the intelligence community and the Commander in Chief. Predictably, with the presidential campaign in full swing, the Obama team is drawing attention to the anniversary while the Romney campaign complains the White House is "politicizing" the event. On Tuesday, Mitt Romney went to a fire house in New York City to make that point — a rather political setting itself. Audie Cornish talks to Mara Liasson for more.
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'Dogwood Diplomacy:' U.S. To Send Japan 3,000 Trees

One hundred years ago, Japan gifted some 3,000 cherry trees to the United States in a gesture of friendship. They now flower each spring around the tidal basin in Washington, D.C. On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. will return the favor. Audie Cornish talks with Richard Olsen of the U.S. National Arboretum about the plan to send 3,000 American dogwoods to Japan.

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