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U.S Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (left) speaks to French Finance Minister Francois Baroin (right) during talks in Marseille earlier this month. The U.S. is increasingly concerned that the European debt crisis will have an impact on the U.S. economy. Lionel Cironneau/AP hide caption

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Europe's Debt Crisis Casts Cloud Over U.S. Economy

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President Obama on Thursday visited the Brent Spence Bridge, which has been called "functionally obsolete." The president pressed Congress to pass his jobs act, arguing that if the country doesn't invest in restoring the bridge and other infrastructure now, it will pay for it later. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Obama's Jobs Bill Pitch: A Bridge To Nowhere?

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Earl B. Reynolds spoke with his daughter, Ashley Reynolds, in Roanoke, Va., about how a chance encounter with singer James Brown helped prod him into a new plan for his life. StoryCorps hide caption

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Soul Singer Helps Shoeshiner 'Get On The Good Foot'

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Rep. Billy Long talks with President Obama after arriving in Joplin, Mo., to visit tornado victims. The Tea Party freshman has faced criticism over his efforts to get federal aid for his Missouri district, which includes Joplin. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A Foe Of Big Government Seeks Aid For Joplin

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Austin Bruns stands on land owned by a contractor for Monsanto, an agriculture corporation. Bruns helps with seed corn production there, and also rents 150 acres elsewhere. Clay Masters for NPR hide caption

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High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers

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Susan Lucci's character, Erica Kane, has served time for kidnapping, been accused of murder and cheated on her fifth and sixth husband, Travis, with his brother, Jackson — who later became Kane's 10th husband. Ron Tom/ABC hide caption

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As 'All My Children' Ends, Susan Lucci Says Goodbye

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