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Hillary Clinton Knocks Jeb Bush's Slogan At Urban League Conference

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Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

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Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

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Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

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Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

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The Japanese supercomputer K, pictured in June 2012 at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, western Japan. The K computer is currently ranked No. 3 on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers. Kyodo/Landov hide caption

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From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

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A shortage of lifeguards across U.S. cities could be a fallout of the recovering economy. Christopher Corr/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

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A Chinese worker is seen at a construction site in Beijing. Economic changes in China and in other places have reduced demand and prices for commodities like the metal in the building's structure. AP hide caption

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China's Stock Market Unnerves Investors With Another Nosedive

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Eliot Elementary in St. Louis, Mo., closed 10 years ago. The building remains empty. Tim Lloyd/ St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

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Greg Gianforte is distributing a brochure urging workers to "come home to Montana" and telework from there. Marianne Wiest/BetterMontanaJobs.com hide caption

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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

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