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What The 'New Normal' Means For Americans
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Specialists Evan Solomon works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, when major stock indexes fell steeply. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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New Data Point To No Quick Fix For Economy
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IMF To Work Out Details For Chief's Selection Process
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Buke And Gass performing Fugazi
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Bernanke Expects Jobs Market To Strengthen
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The Federal Reserve on Wednesday will kick off a series of regular press conferences, to be held four times a year. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Taking Questions: A New Move For Fed Transparency
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Navigating The Budget Maze, Without Getting Lost
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S&P Issues Warning On U.S. Credit Rating
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President Obama outlined a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes to reduce the deficit Wednesday at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Taxes, Entitlements: Sticking Points In Deficit Debate
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Failure To Hike Debt Limit Would Have Consequences
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Can Japan Overcome Economic Hurdles?
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Japan's Fishing Industry Crushed By Tsunami
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Advertising boards on buildings are seen without illumination at Tokyo's Shibuya district. Rolling blackouts are crippling a number of industries. Miho Takahashi/AP hide caption

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A Country Divided: Japan's Electric Bottleneck
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A worker assembles a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle at the company's Oppama plant in Yokosuka, Japan. Auto plants are reopening, but getting parts remains a challenge. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Just In Time' Manufacturing Tested By Japan Crisis
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People line up to buy tickets for the earliest possible flight Friday at Narita International Airport. Koki Nagahama/Getty Images hide caption

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Leaving Japan: Nuclear Fears Send Americans Packing
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