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**FILE** Rick Watts, 49, protests outside a Whole Foods store in West Hollywood, Calif., on Aug. 23, 2009. The protest took place after John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods Market, wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal about health care reform. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Trays of printed Social Security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management Services facility in Philadelphia in 2005. (Associated Press)

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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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Firefighters try to extinguish burning cars near to the Hadrian's Arch seen in the background, in Athens, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Greek fire officials say three people have died in a blaze at an Athens bank during rioting over government austerity measures. An estimated 100,000 people took to the streets Wednesday during a nationwide wave of strikes against spending cuts aimed at saving the country from bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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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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IN THE LINE OF FIRE: Office of Management and Budget chief Peter R. Orszag (left) and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner confer in March 2010 before testifying to a congressional panel. *FILE PHOTO* (Bloomberg News)

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** FILE ** Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, talks with NASA chief Charles Bolden before his testimony on NASA's fiscal 2011 budget in February. (AP Photo)

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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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The euro dropped to a four-year low against the dollar on Tuesday, trading as low as $1.2112 before pulling back up to $1.2169. (Bloomberg News photo)

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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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A steel frame is rising at Ground Zero (center) in New York City for a $3.2 billion tower known as 1 World Trade Center. The Port Authority needs a partner to market the office space. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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