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Lenoir is a city of 18,000 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hard-hit by outsourcing of furniture jobs and the recession, the city's downtown sees little traffic. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Shifting Jobs, Adapting Workers

Laid-Off Furniture Workers Try To Leap To Google

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Laid-Off Furniture Workers Try To Leap To Google

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In Crazy Heart, Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a washed-up, alcoholic country singer who has been reduced to playing in bowling alleys and dive bars — but he can still put on a great show. When he's on stage, "that's his throne," Bridges says. Lorey Sebastian/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Jeff Bridges' New 'Dude': A Fallen Country Star

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Workers in Shanghai walk on the roof of the Theme Pavilion, built for the World Expo 2010. The roof is covered with solar panels. China is striving to improve its energy efficiency and reduce surging demand for imported oil and gas by encouraging use of wind, solar and other clean sources. AP hide caption

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Environment

The Green Rush Is On In China

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The Green Rush Is On In China

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A young Iraqi woman has the final touches done to her hair at a salon in central Baghdad. Many Iraqi women say the return of Western-style fashions is a sign of returning security and freedom after years of war and sectarian tensions. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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World

In Baghdad, Hemlines Rise As Violence Falls

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In Baghdad, Hemlines Rise As Violence Falls

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