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Obama Opens Up East Coast For Offshore Drilling

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U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifying on Capitol Hill this month about how the U.S. economy still needs the assistance of the Fed. At the end of March, however, the agency plans to stop purchasing mortgage-backed securities. hide caption

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Fed Pulls The Plug On Mortgage Purchases

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The Census Bureau is benefiting from more educated workers who can't get jobs in their chosen fields because of the sluggish economy. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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"How do you explain to a 2-year-old or 4-year-old there's nothing to eat?" asks Kathy, a homeless mother. Michael Nye hide caption

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Photographer Captures Stark Portraits Of Hunger

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Shana Berenzweig holds Wills, a friend's son whom she babysits to make extra money while looking for a full-time job. Berenzweig graduated with a master's degree two years ago. Courtesy of Shana Berenzweig hide caption

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Courtesy of Shana Berenzweig