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Oil pumpjacks are seen in McKenzie County in western North Dakota. Cuts in production and energy company payrolls will cost the U.S. economy up to $150 billion, economist David Kotok of Cumberland Advisors projects. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.

The big drop in oil prices is a gift to consumers that should propel the U.S. economy, analysts say. But those lower prices are hurting the energy sector, and consumers continue to be cautious.

Tonya DeBerry (center) and her children, Herbert Nelson and Allison Nelson, have all been held in Ferguson and Jennings jails for unpaid traffic tickets. Joseph Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Civil Rights Attorneys Sue Ferguson Over 'Debtors Prisons'

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Space, Plane and Line Matt Jorgensen
Big Chief With A Golden Crown Matt Jorgensen
Sunspots Bob Mould
They Know What Ghost Know Yppah
The Moon Scene 7 Yppah
1000 Arms Lymbyc Systym
My Lost Last Step Lymbyc Systym
Birth El Ten Eleven

Stolen Social Security numbers can be used to create bogus documents like these, but also over the phone to open bank accounts or make purchases. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Victims Of Social Security Number Theft Find It's Hard To Bounce Back

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Randy's New Experience The Water

Former University of North Carolina head basketball coach Dean Smith looks on during the Tar Heels' NCAA Tournament game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in 1996. Smith died on Saturday. He was 83. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images hide caption

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Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

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Delegates at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's 2014 convention. The party says its budget has dropped sharply since 2002. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Why State Parties Are Losing Out On Political Cash

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Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston arrives for a meeting of a Vatican commission on sex abuse at the Vatican on Saturday. O'Malley heads the group. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Papal Group Considers Sanctions On Bishops Who Cover Up Abuse

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Oil pumpjacks are seen in McKenzie County in western North Dakota. Cuts in production and energy company payrolls will cost the U.S. economy up to $150 billion, economist David Kotok of Cumberland Advisors projects. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents For U.S.

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By the Grace of God Katy Perry
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