Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. Stocks soared on news that central banks agreed to work together to support the global financial system. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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Occupy Chicago: A 'Dry Run' For Upcoming Summits

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Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cut in Scranton, Pa.

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A 'Holiday Greeting Card' To Financial Markets?

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Central Banks Act Sends Stock Markets Soaring

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What The U.S. Can Learn From Upbeat Brazil

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Scores Of British Workers Protest Austerity Measures

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Workers Likely To Lose Out In AMR Bankruptcy

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British Public Sector Workers Strike Over Pensions

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In and near its downtown, there are more boarded-up and empty storefronts and vacant lots in Granite City, Ill., than there are businesses. David Schaper /NPR hide caption

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A Steel Town Looks At Its Future, And Sees Rebirth

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In Volos, optician Klita Dimitriadis accepts partial payment in Local Alternative Units, or TEMs. She then spends the TEMs at a monthly farmers market, or exchanges them for other services. Sylvia Poggoli/NPR hide caption

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Modern Greeks Return To Ancient System Of Barter

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Passengers check in at an American Airlines ticketing counter at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Tuesday. American's parent company, AMR, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks to cut costs and unload massive debt. Richard W. Rodriguez/AP hide caption

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Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cut

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