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Raising The Minimum Wage: Who Does It Help?

The new year brings an increase in the minimum wage in a number of places around the country, including Washington state, which now boasts the nation's highest statewide rate: $9.04 an hour. But the increase has rekindled an old debate over whether minimum wages make sense — especially at a time of high unemployment.
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Tutors Teach Seniors New High-Tech Tricks

Seniors who aren't tech savvy can find themselves increasingly isolated, even from their families, as more and more communication moves to the digital realm. Across the country, a number of programs are enlisting high school or college students to train seniors on Facebook, Skype and smartphones.
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How A Teen's Coerced Confession Set Her Free

In 2008, 16-year-old Nga Truong admitted to suffocating her infant son. She spent nearly three years awaiting trial for murder, until a videotape of her interrogation revealed that detectives had manipulated her in order to obtain a confession. Ultimately, that videotape helped set her free.
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In Chris Brown's Big Year, Tough Questions On Abuse

The R&B singer is back only a few years after pleading guilty to felony assault for beating former girlfriend Rihanna. Views on the issue he brought to the forefront haven't changed much: Many teens find Rihanna at fault. But they're at a high risk of experiencing domestic abuse themselves.
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In Mortgage Crisis, Some Banks Agree To Cut Losses

In almost one-third of private home loan modifications, big banks are now slashing what homeowners owe. It's overdue housekeeping for America's economy, says one investor: Banks clear their balance sheets, investors get a predictable stream of income, and homeowners stay homeowners.
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Police Make Arrest In Suspected Car Arsons

Police in Los Angeles on Monday made an arrest in connection with a string of arson fires that have left that city on edge. Most of the fires were set in parked cars, and some spread to carports, garages and apartments. All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks to reporter Sam Quinones, who is following the story for the Los Angeles Times.
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U.S. Auto Sales Seen Continuing To Rebound In 2012

Automakers will report U.S. sales for 2011 on Wednesday. When final figures are calculated, sales of new cars and trucks are expected to reach 12.7 million, up from 11.5 million in 2010 and 10.4 million in 2009, the worst year since 1982. For 2012, analysts expect sales to top 13.6 million.

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