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SawStop, a table saw safety tool, senses an electrical current in skin and triggers a brake when a finger comes into contact with the blade. Courtesy of SawStop hide caption

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Regulators Consider Safety Brakes For Table Saws

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One proposal for saving homeowners money is to have government-backed firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac extend their loan guarantees to cover new, cheaper, refinanced loans. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Mortgage Savings: Leaders Seek Refinancing Options

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A worker sweeps in front of a Bank of America branch in Chicago. On Monday, the bank announced plans to lay off 30,000 employees, or about 10 percent of its staff, over the next few years. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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How Bank Of America Lost Its Balance

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Retired Port Authority Police officers Brian Patrick Tierney (left) and Kevin Devlin visited the World Trade Center site this week. Both men say it's been a struggle to adjust to normal life after losing friends and searching for remains at Ground Zero. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Port Authority Cops: Recovering From Sept. 11

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The Wiffle Ball headquarters in Shelton, Conn. Every Wiffle Ball is made in the U.S. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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Wiffle Ball: Born And Still Made In The USA

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Irene destroyed much of the two-mile boardwalk in Spring Lake, N.J. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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East Coast Starts To Add Up Irene's Economic Blow

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Near record low mortgage rates are good news for the few who can afford to buy a home or are able to refinance. But the rates have done little to lift the ailing housing market. Bill Sikes/AP hide caption

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Low Rates Alone Not Seen Reviving Housing Market

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Wall Street is in the midst of the biggest stock sell-off since the financial crisis a few years ago. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Spooking Investors?

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Economists Cast Opinions On S&P During Fishing Trip

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Economists At Annual Retreat Weigh In On Wall St.

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Markets Teeter As Tuesday's Debt Deadline Nears

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Debt's Impact Could Be Worse If Interest Rates Rise

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Debt Drama Could Be Another Blow To Housing

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This foreclosure property in Houston was for sale in 2009. But many houses are still in the foreclosure pipeline and haven't even come on the market. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Foreclosed Homes Wait In 'Shadows' To Go On Sale

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Supreme Court Blocks Climate Change Lawsuit

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