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** FILE ** Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana Republican, stresses the importance of state fiscal responsibility. (Michael Connor/The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Market-Frankford line trains remain idle at a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) station in Upper Darby, Pa., just outside Philadelphia Tuesday Nov. 3, 2009. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell announced early Monday morning that service would resume after coming to agreement with the transit system's largest union.

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The Fed's prolonged low interest rate policy hasn't delivered the promised economic recovery. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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** FILE ** The Total Port Arthur refinery is shown Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Port Arthur, Texas. Over the past several years, Total Petrochemical's sprawling oil refinery in southeast Texas has sprayed tons of sulfuric acid and carbon monoxide into the sky. The French company's 62-year-old facility has also released cancer-causing benzene, regularly surpassed allowable pollution limits, failed to report dozens of emissions and how much. Total is the most heavily fined polluter in Texas in the 2009 fiscal year, according to the year-end report summarizing how companies were punished in the state that produces the most industrial pollution. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Sara Wade, an Illinois schoolteacher, is the sole breadwinner for son Dominic and daughter Genevieve, 10. She got divorced in 2004 and her former husband, a carpenter and contractor, hasn't been able to pay child support since January of 2009. April's strong employment growth showed women gained 86,000 jobs last month, far fewer than the 204,000 jobs gained by men, according to a Joint Economic Committee report. (Carrie Eccleston via Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has a word with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke as they testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Congressional aides stand under a monitor as Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, gives his semiannual monetary report to the House Financial Service Committee in Washington on Feb. 24, 2010. Bernanke said the U.S. economy is in a "nascent" recovery that still requires low interest rates to encourage demand by consumers and businesses once federal stimulus expires. (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg)

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Trade visitors walk among private jets at a static display on Tuesday Feb. 2, 2010 in Singapore, on the opening day of the Singapore Airshow 2010, Asia's largest aerospace and defense exhibition to be held in the city-state.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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** FILE ** An attendee shakes hands with Hoovers Mobile's remote-controlled Robot Hoovie at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2009. (Associated Press)

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Disbarred Florida lawyer Scott Rothstein (left) and financier Allen Stanford have both pleaded not guilty to massive investment scams in 2009.

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A sign for a newly constructed home advertises a financing rate in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The Federal Reserve has been attempting to keep 30-year mortgage rates low to encourage home sales and help the battered housing market. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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ASSOCIATED PRESS **FILE** Job seekers line up in front of a Dollar General booth at a Little Rock, Ark., job fair in October. Some economists and business executives warn that health care and climate-change costs on corporations would stifle the ability of employers to hire workers.

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** FILE ** Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, who now is retired, was an Army vice chief of staff. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Valero Energy Corp.'s Delaware City, Del., refinery lost about $1 million every day this year. Falling fuel demand has forced refineries across the country to shut down and put hundreds of employees out of work.

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Associated press photographs Intel Corp. is paying $1.25 billion to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), its largest rival in the market for computer processors, to settle all antitrust and patent suits, the companies said. However, Intel must deal with antitrust charges filed by governments, most notably in Europe, at the urging of AMD.

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** FILE ** A Peace Corps volunteer works with local women in Liberia. About one-third of Peace Corps applicants are selected for service. (Peace Corps)

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Associated press A Brooklyn brownstone building is for sale by its owner in New York. The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that home prices fell in eight out of every 10 U.S. cities in the third quarter of this year and that home sales continued to increase.

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An Anadarko Petroleum Corp. crew works on a drilling platform near Mead, Colo. A private measure of U.S. manufacturing activity grew in October at the fastest pace in more than three years.

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** FILE ** Starbucks Corp., based in Seattle, hopes its new venture into instant coffee, Via, will be as prevalent in stores as its packaged coffee is now. The Starbucks instant comes in just shy of a $1 a cup, compared with the pennies a cup of home-brewed joe can cost. (Associated Press)

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT COMIC TRADE: NBC Universal, owner of the popular Spider-Man ride in Orlando, Fla., could suffer a loss of revenue now that Disney has purchased Marvel and its cast of characters.BLOOMBERG NEWS A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse sits in front of the Magic Kingdom, part of the Walt Disney World theme park and resort in Orlando, Fla. The company. announced last week it had purchased Marvel Entertainment Inc. and its comic book heroes and villians for about $4 billion.