Police break up an encampment for an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in Oakland, Calif. Police began clearing out the weeks-old encampment early Monday after issuing several warnings to demonstrators. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Billings, Mont., has a diverse economic base, as evidenced by the confluence of stockyards, oil refineries and natural beauty. The unemployment rate for Billings' Yellowstone County was 5.3 percent in September, far lower than the national average. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Starting Oct. 1, California state prisons will redirect new nonviolent felons to county facilities. The realignment is in part due to an order by the U.S. Supreme Court for the state to reduce its prison population. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Catwalks hang over a section of the newly constructed eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in Oakland, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Co-lead counsel of the legal team challenging California's same-sex marriage ban, David Boies, right, walks past opponents of same-sex marriage as he leaves after a hearing in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 6, 2010, in San Francisco. A trial court judge overturned the measure as a violation of gay Californians' civil rights in August. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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A screenshot of SFpark, an app that lets San Francisco drivers see available parking spaces as well as each space's cost. Courtesy of SFpark hide caption

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Anthony Makk (right) and husband Bradford Wells at their San Francisco home on Aug. 8. Though legally married in 2004, Makk faces deportation back to his native Australia. Noah Berger/San Francisco Chronicle via Polaris Images hide caption

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