Smithfield hams hang outside the Taste of Smithfield restaurant and gourmet market in Smithfield, Va. Shuanghui International Holdings plans to buy Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest hog producer. Rich-Joseph Facun/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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By leasing land for drilling, city leaders in Youngstown, Ohio, hope to generate funds to demolish vacant buildings. M.L. Schultze for NPR hide caption

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More passengers are expected to fly on U.S. airlines this summer, an industry group said Thursday. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Southwest airline jets are lined up at Long Island MacArthur Islip airport in 2010. Departures at the New York City suburban airport dropped nearly 50 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to an MIT study. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday. Congress moved quickly this week to give the Federal Aviation Administration flexibility to end air traffic controller furloughs that resulted in flight delays at several airports. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Passengers check their flight status at Los Angeles International airport on Monday. The FAA said staffing cuts were causing delays in the Eastern U.S. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Opponents of President Obama's expected proposed changes to Social Security rallied at the White House on Tuesday. Among them were lawmakers like Minnesota Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. J. David Ake/AP hide caption

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Applicants complete forms at a job fair in Newark, N.J. Weak U.S. job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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A home for sale in Glenview, Ill. Existing-home sales hit the highest level in more than 3 years in February. But not everyone is convinced that the housing sector's momentum has staying power. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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Cypriots protest an EU bailout deal outside the parliament in Nicosia on Monday. A proposed bailout deal would slap a levy on all Cypriot bank savings. Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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