Greek's economic problems work their way down the supply chain to people like Kosta Bouyoukas, who imports olives and other foods from Greece. He says suppliers are changing the terms of contracts, and sometimes products don't show up at all.

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A home in Seattle is advertised for sale in January. A housing boom 140 miles north in Vancouver, British Columbia, is being fueled by buyers from India and China, while building remains at a standstill in Seattle, one housing expert says.

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The Congressional Research Service estimated direct U.S. banking exposure in troubled European economies at $641 billion. U.S. banks say the amount is much lower.

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A job seeker makes a list of his skills during a workshop in Burlingame, Calif., targeted toward people who have been out of work for at least six months. According to the Labor Department, there are now more than 2 million people who have been jobless for at least two years.

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An artist rendering released by SolarReserve shows what will be the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a solar generating facility that is being constructed northwest of Tonopah, Nev. CEO Kevin Smith says his project isn't a risky investment for taxpayers.

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Job seekers participate in a career counseling session targeted to an over-50 demographic in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. Human resources professionals say there are fewer leadership positions available, so it may take middle-aged workers longer to find a good job. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Solyndra's headquarters in Fremont, Calif. The solar energy company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Aug. 31. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (left) speaks to reporters just before work began on a bridge project near Tuscumbia, Mo., in 2009. The state awarded the contract moments after President Obama signed the 2009 stimulus package. Kelley McCall/AP hide caption

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