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Prices Are Low, And That Could Be Bad

With low prices, consumers feel less pain at the gas pump and the grocery store. But superlow inflation often means workers don't see big raises. And it can hurt the economy because consumers hold off purchases, thinking prices will drop some more.
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Red State Retirement Takes Democratic House Seat Out Of Play

Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah was facing a tough re-election fight in his heavily conservative district. In 2012, he barely won, defeating Republican Mia Love by fewer than 800 votes.
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How This Bay Area Tech Boom's Different From The Last One

Finite rental stock and the latest tech boom are combining to squeeze a lot of San Franciscans out of their homes. One Bay Area writer explains how it's not the same as the last time around.
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A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick?

Colorado and Washington state are setting up legalized marijuana markets, and advocates are celebrating. But there are signs of discontent. Even a founder of a marijuana legalization group says there's a possibility of a popular backlash.
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What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

Two decades ago, labor unions warned that the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive away U.S. jobs and push wages down. Today, unions feel as strongly as ever that NAFTA was a mistake for U.S. workers, but quantifying the factors behind the decline in the middle class is no simple matter.
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Judge Rules Against NSA Bulk Collection Program

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled the National Security Agency likely violated the Fourth Amendment in its controversial bulk phone collection program for Americans. The decision, which will be appealed, nonetheless represents a symbolic victory for opponents of mass surveillance.
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Snowden's Document Leaks Shocked The NSA, And More May Be On The Way

In the six months since leaks about NSA surveillance began, the intelligence community has struggled to cope with the ramifications of the unauthorized disclosures. With the scandal still reverberating, we take a year-end look at how NSA contractor Edward Snowden got the documents, the scale of what he took, what other categories of documents might still be revealed.
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In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

Some of the most heated protests in San Francisco have been over big, sleek buses — private shuttles that Silicon Valley tech companies like Google and Facebook use to get their city-living employees to work. They've become a symbol of the city's changing socioeconomic landscape.
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Diary Of Influential Nazi Given To Holocaust Museum

The diary contains handwritten notes by Alfred Rosenberg, a top aide to Adolf Hitler who helped shape Nazi ideology. Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, says it took 17 years to procure the diary.
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Now You Can Buy Your Occupy Wall Street Poster From Walmart

Walmart, one of the country's largest corporation, is selling Occupy Wall Street posters online. The company has itself been the target of occupy demonstrations advocating for higher wages. On sale are large, panoramic posters of protesters camped out at Zucotti Park in New York City, where the movement started in 2011.

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