Atlantic City is taking a gamble that firing some of its city workers will shore up its deficit. Economists say cuts by state and local governments are creating a drag on the economy. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Budget Crunch Hits Atlantic City Hard
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Mortgage Aid Goes On Tour, Minus Star Player
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Retailers Welcome Break From Debit Card Fees
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Sluggish Hiring In Small Businesses Causes Worry
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Recession Catches Up With Concert Revenues
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More Workers Quit Labor Force
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Ex-AIG Executive Defends Credit Default Swaps
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Mad Dash As Homebuyer Tax Credit Deadline Arrives
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Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are quickly becoming the most expensive part of the financial meltdown. As of April, the two companies were sitting on more than 160,000 foreclosed homes. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Fannie And Freddie: Where Do We Go From Here?
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Prisoners Take Advantage Of Homebuyer Tax Credit
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The city incinerator in Harrisburg, Pa., is almost $300 million in debt. And because the city backed the Harrisburg Authority, which owns the facility, it is responsible for the $68 million bill this year. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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Harrisburg, Pa., Incinerator Burns Hole In City Pocket
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Following an interfaith service in Grand Isle, La., people gather at a berm overlooking the ocean and hold hands. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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In Wake Of Spill, Louisiana Residents Feel Helpless
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Louisianans Hurt By Spill Queue For Free Groceries
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Bills Mount; So Do Spill Claimants' Anxiety
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