A woman takes in the sunshine while reading in Central Park on Feb. 1 in New York City, where temperatures topped 60 degrees. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Customers use Bank of America ATMs in New York. The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says it is looking into ways to help consumers limit their exposure to banks' overdraft fees. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Employment has been rising in recent months, but most economists say Congress should keep trying to boost consumer spending. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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New U.S. nickels are seen in this file photograph. Thanks to rising costs of nickel and copper, each five-cent piece now costs 11.2 cents to produce, says the Treasury. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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For the second year in a row, the Ford Fusion won J.D. Power's dependability prize in the mid-size sedan category. Pictured is the 2013 model of the car, unveiled in January. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Gas prices in France have topped more than $8 a gallon in some areas. In this photo from January, a woman rides her bike past a gas station in Paris. Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (right) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left), said Monday they would vote to extend the payroll tax cut. Zhang Jun/Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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For sale signs on a foreclosed house in Glendale, Calif., last September. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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