Job seekers participate in a career counseling session at an event aimed at older unemployed people in New York in January. As states look for ways to cut spending, some economists say one solution is raising the retirement age, forcing people to pay more in taxes and reducing the cost of government pensions and Social Security benefits. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Home prices and sales are still depressed, but now mortgage rates are moving up. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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LG shows off a set-top box at the Consumer Electronics Show that will will upgrade a conventional televison to a smart TV. David Becker/Getty Images hide caption

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Erskine Bowles (left) and Alan Simpson head the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Its unofficial motto may be that "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" will stop mail deliveries, but the digital age has been challenging for the Postal Service as people e-mail, text and fax to communicate. Kelly Etzel/AP/Cedar Rapids Gazette hide caption

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Whose child wouldn't like to help puppies learn to swim? The Barbie Puppy Swim School could be one of this year's top-selling toys. Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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