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Portland markets solar-powered toilets

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Portland is trying to fill cities' needs for affordable public toilets with its Portland Loo.

 

Retail sales rise in March

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Monday, April 16, 2012

U.S. retails sales rose 0.8% in March, boosted by a healthier job market.

 

Builder sentiment falls

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Homebuilders' outlook fell in April after six months of steady or rising confidence, indicating the housing market is still weak.

 

Business stockpiles grow

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Monday, April 16, 2012

U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles at a steady pace in February, pointing to optimism about future sales.

 

Obama's Buffett rule wouldn't affect many Americans

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Monday, April 16, 2012

President Obama's proposal for a "Buffett rule" tax on the rich would directly affect only a small fraction of Americans.

 

Social Security phasing out checks

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Monday, April 16, 2012

The federal government is phasing out paper checks for all benefit programs.

 

Economic disparity between Portland, rest of Oregon is large

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Friday, April 13, 2012

The contrast in job losses between Portland and the rest of Oregon is much deeper than the differences between Seattle and the rest of Washington.

 
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