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How Property Taxes Climb, Even If Home Value Drops

Millions of homeowners are finding out that their property taxes are either holding steady or climbing, even as their houses may be worth much less. There may not be much they can do about it.

In Ohio, Cuyahoga County’s fiscal officer, Wade Steen, has been taking many calls from unhappy homeowners. He says they most often live in a community where voters passed a recent levy. That’s a property tax measure that boosts funding for things such as schools and libraries.

The Secret Document That Transformed China

In 1978, the farmers in a small Chinese village called Xiaogang gathered in a mud hut to sign a secret contract. They thought it might get them executed. Instead, it wound up transforming China’s economy in ways that are still reverberating today.

A Mess On The Ladder Of Success

The U.S. has always been a remarkably itinerant country, but new data from the Census Bureau indicate that mobility has reached its lowest level in recorded history…

Rather than dividing the country into the 1 percenters versus everyone else, the split in our economy is really between two other classes: the mobile and immobile.

Texas Redistricting Plan Tossed Out By Supreme Court

A plan for how to redraw Texas’ congressional and state legislative districts that was put together by a three-judge federal court in San Antonio was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court this morning because, the justices ruled, the lower court should not have disregarded the Texas state legislature’s wishes and should not have stepped into that legislature’s shoes.

N.C. air transport company Aero has role in extraordinary rendition, report says

SMITHFIELD, N.C. — With fresh ammunition from a University of North Carolina law school report, activists renewed their call Thursday for state officials to take legal action against Aero Contractors Ltd.

Thousands Evacuate As Fire Burns Toward Reno

Wind gusts of up to 82 mph pushed a fast-moving brush fire south of Reno out of control Thursday as it burned several homes, threatened dozens more and forced more than 4,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods.

Deportation Orders Lifted For 1,600 Illegal Immigrants After Federal Review

More than 1,600 illegal immigrants who are not considered security threats will be allowed to stay in the United States after a review by the Obama administration.

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