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Alecia Warthen, 43, has been unemployed since April. She says she's applied for more than 100 jobs and has received only four interviews and no offers. Ailsa Chang/NPR hide caption

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Diminishing Prospects For The Long-Term Unemployed

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Illinois union members and supporters rally at the state Capitol on Thursday against legislation that would try to control the state's pension-fund shortfall by, in part, reducing pension benefits. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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Illinois Claws At Mountain Of Unfunded Pension Liability

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Vice President Joe Biden leads the first meeting of the working group to explore solutions following the Newtown shooting with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other law enforcement leaders on Dec. 20. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Often Written Off, Biden Has Long List Of Deals To His Name

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Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood, like many others across the city, is experiencing a real estate boom. Housing prices have risen by as much as 20 percent in the past year in some German cities. Adam Berry/Getty Images hide caption

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Germany's Housing Market Is Hot. Is It Overheating?

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Foreign buyers are pushing the prices of prime London real estate through the roof. Neighborhoods such as West London, Kensington and Chelsea are particularly popular. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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London Real Estate, A Magnet For Mega-Rich From Around The Globe

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House Speaker John Boehner swears in the newly elected members of the 113th Congress on Thursday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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As The Capitol Turns: Little Has Changed In Congress' New Season

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Professor Longhair performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, circa 1970. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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Preserving The Home, And History, Of New Orleans' Piano Professor

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