De Desharnais of Ashwood Development in New Hampshire says homebuilding activity for her company has slowed sharply since the housing crash. But she's hopeful that business will pick up. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., (left) and ranking member Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are proposing a major overhaul of the U.S. mortgage market. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Steve Jungmann, vice president at the tech startup Quanttus, holds up an early prototype of the biometric sensors the company will use on its wearable products. The current version is much smaller. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Protesters play chess in Independence Square in Kiev last winter. Some would say that Russian President Putin is playing geopolitical chess when it comes to Ukraine. Dmitry Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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We hate losing twice as much as we love winning, behavioral researchers say. And that gets us into trouble with financial decisions. iStockphoto hide caption

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A street vendor in Simferopol, Crimea, sells eggs with the dual currency price tags in Russian rubles and Ukrainian hryvnias. Russia's annexation of Crimea mean it will now have to prop up the peninsula's weak economy. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Passengers wait in line at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday. A major snowstorm has delayed flights from Atlanta to New York. David Tulis/AP hide caption

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Evan Parker built the interior space of the distillery himself in a small warehouse near the coast. Parker and his business partner, Mat Perry, have desks overlooking their 400-gallon copper kettle and still. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Subsidies for wind farms were among the tax breaks that expired on Jan. 1. Sandy Huffaker/AP hide caption

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Job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta in May. John Amis/AP hide caption

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