Sherry Shaffer and her husband, Alex Vila-Roger, with their dogs, outside the Pittsburgh home where they now live with in-laws. They occupy the attic -- a huge change from what was their own six-bedroom home in Memphis. Vaughn Wallace for NPR hide caption

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Laborers for Brazilian construction company Odebrecht work on a construction site in Luanda, Angola, in January 2010. Odebrecht is among the major Brazilian companies that are expanding the South American country's economic influence around the world. Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Maglica (right), the founder of Mag Instrument, visits the factory floor in Ontario, Calif., nearly every morning. He is dedicated to manufacturing the company's flashlights in the U.S. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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