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Underwater Homeowners May Swim Freely

Prevailing wisdom has it that homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than their houses are worth — known as being “underwater” — are forced to stay put because the property is too difficult to sell. So people who would otherwise relocate — say, to find a job — are “tethered to their homes.” It’s a theory touted by prominent New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Harvard economist Lawrence Katz, and regularly makes appearances in the media.

U.S. wins Japan support over Iran nuclear program

(Reuters) – The United States won key support from Japan Thursday for tough oil sanctions against Iran over a nuclear program that the West suspects is geared to developing atomic bombs.

Did Food Safety Auditors Cause The Fatal Outbreak From Tainted Cantaloupe?

Private auditors paid to review food safety at the Colorado cantaloupe packer responsible for last summer’s massive outbreak gave the facility rave reviews just before contaminated melons were shipped, which killed 30 people.

Project’s Promise Of Jobs Has Appalachia Seeing Stars

Ever since the collapse of the domestic steel industry, blue-collar workers living in the mountain towns near the border of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio have struggled to find jobs.

But last June, Shell Oil Co. announced it would build a huge petrochemical refinery somewhere in that Appalachian region. The plant, known in the industry as a “cracker,” could bring billions of investment dollars and thousands of jobs.

Illegal immigrants across U.S. obtained Missouri driver’s licenses

Thousands of illegal immigrants living across the United States used fraudulent paperwork to obtain Missouri driver’s licenses in St. Joseph, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Court Halts Release Of Some Pardoned Miss. Inmates

A judge Wednesday temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who had been given pardons or medical release by Haley Barbour in one of his final acts as governor of Mississippi.

James O’Keefe’s Group Appears To Commit Voter Fraud In Order To Gin Up Hysteria Over Non-Existent Fraud Problem

James O’Keefe’s latest video features surrogates appearing to commit voter fraud in yesterday’s New Hampshire primary election, all in an attempt to highlight voter fraud, a problem which is by-and-large nonexistent in the Granite State.

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