Motorists navigate the morning rush hour in Chicago. Ford and other major automakers hope to install technology in cars that enables vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid crashes. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Pedestrians walk past a decoration for the upcoming Lunar New Year, or the Year of the Rabbit celebrations in Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu province. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A lack of stability in home prices has made it more difficult for the Obama administration to curb government's role in the country's mortgage-finance giants. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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President Obama tours a General Electric plant in in Schenectady, N.Y., with GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt on Jan. 21. GE paid 3.6 cents on the dollar in corporate taxes in the past three years. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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