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Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Homes sales are still weak and prices in many cities continue to fall. Overall, the housing market remains in the doldrums. But first-time buyers are returning, one signal that the worst may be over.
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Chicago Wants Longer School Day; Foes Want Details

Most Chicago public schools have less-than-six-hour school days — some of the shortest in the country. And many have no recess. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing to lengthen the day to at least seven hours. But critics say some crucial details are missing — especially, how much a longer school day would cost.
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Immigration Remains A Dicey Issue For Romney, GOP

President Obama won 2 out of 3 Hispanic votes in 2008, and Democrats this election season have a growing advantage with Hispanics. But Republicans and likely nominee Mitt Romney say they have a strong case to make for those votes based on the economy, and some are trying to shift focus away from Romney's stance on immigration.
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Rodney King Comes To Grips With 'The Riot Within'

In his new memoir, Rodney King explains why he gave his famous "Can we get along?" speech when riots erupted after police officers were acquitted in his beating. His lawyers had drafted a far angrier script for him. He also reflects on his life since the trial: "Things have changed for me," he says.
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How Making Food Safe Can Harm Wildlife And Water

After an outbreak of E. coli in spinach killed several people in 2006, farmers clamped down on every possible source of contamination. Those safety efforts have also pushed out wildlife, destroyed sensitive habitats and increased pollution in waterways.
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Children With Autism Are Often Targeted By Bullies

A survey by the Interactive Autism Network found that nearly two-thirds of children with autism spectrum disorders have been bullied at some point. And it found that these kids are three times as likely as typical kids to have been bullied in the past month.
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Poverty In America: Defining The New Poor

Welfare reform in the 1990s, helped slash cash benefit rolls, and yet food stamps are soaring today. One of the original architects of the reform bill says it was a success, but an official who resigned in protest of the bill says that poverty is still on the rise.
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Women Take Over The Farm

Farmland ownership and management has long been dominated by men. But there's a trend toward more women taking an active role, either by choice, or because of inheritance.

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