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  • Have student loan debt? Tell Yahoo News your story

    (David Goldman/AP)

    Are you one of the estimated 37 million Americans with student loan debt? We want to hear about the trade-offs you've made in order to send in that monthly payment. Has it affected your career choices? Have you delayed marriage or starting a family as a result of your debt? Do you wish you had borrowed less money to go to school?

    Or, has taking on debt had positive effects, like helping you achieve your goals? Would you sign those promissory notes all over again if you were given the choice, because those tens of thousands of dollars spent on your education created opportunities that wouldn't otherwise have been available to you?

    As part of our Down But Not Out series, which looks at the effects of the economic downturn on Yahoo! News readers, we want to hear about the choices you've made as a result of student loan debt. Please email your story, along with your name, city and state, phone number, and the year you graduated to We'll publish a selection

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  • The Occupy movement targeted May Day as the day "the people of the planet will take to the streets." Crowds formed in many major cities, joining protesters worldwide on International Workers Day to demand economic equality.  But the day remained mostly peaceful. Promised stoppages of mass transportation and commerce by the Occupy movement largely fizzled across the country.

    Overall, there were a modest number of arrests and clashes in a handful of cities. Many of the demonstrators reported splinter groups dressed mostly in black who turned demonstrations violent.

    Here's a roundup of flashpoints in the United States:


    Mayor Mike McGinn authorized a seizure of potential weapons after crowds of vandals dressed in black known as the "Black Bloc"   smashed up banks and other businesses with sticks, batons, and rocks,  reports the Seattle Times.

    Niketown and American Apparel downtown were hit.  A  half dozen Starbucks closed early after stores reported broken windows.

    At least two were arrested during the vandalism spree. Police said the vandals dressed in black were hard to track because they discarded their clothing to blend in with onlookers. Tear gas was used to stop some of the vandals.

    The protesters also took out their anger at the U.S. Court of Appeals building,  shooting paint balls at it, shattering glass doors, and attempting to ignite an incendiary device.

    Los Angeles

    Not officially part of Occupy, employees at Los Angeles International Airport joined May Day demonstrations to protest the hiring of non-union workers. Ten were arrested for blocking an intersection near LAX, reports CBS LA.

    In another gathering in downtown, a group of protesters appeared to surround LAPD officers, reports the L.A. Times. A  female officer was struck in the head with a skateboard, denting her helmet.  She was taken to the hospital, but the injury was not life-threatening.

    The incident marred a "festive" atmosphere during protests earlier in the day.

    San Francisco Bay Area

    In Oakland, police using tear gas confronted a protest of about 400 downtown. Nine were arrested and at least one demonstrator was reportedly tasered. Protesters blocked streets throughout the day and vandalized two banks in the area. A news van and police vehicle were also vandalized.

    Earlier plans to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge were abandoned. Golden Gate Ferry workers, however,  went on strike over health care coverage and morning service was canceled.

    A group of a protesters tried to take over a building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco -- the same one protesters briefly occupied as a commune on April 1, reports CBS SF. A protester dressed in black threw pipes and bricks  from the roof of a building at police. Two arrests were made.

    The evening before  hundreds gathered in the Mission District in San Francisco. As the group began to march through the streets, some protesters began breaking car windows, spray-painting anarchist symbols on restaurants and attacking a police station.

    One Occupy SF protester disavowed the violence. "I know Occupiers," Jesse Smith told KTVU. "None of us have any idea who they were."

    One person was arrested.

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  • Duke University sophomore Jacob Tobia encourages early voting on April 27, 2012, in Durham, N.C. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

    Supporters of gay marriage in North Carolina have out-raised and out-advertised their opponents ahead of a vote on May 8 over whether the state constitution should be amended to specifically bar same-sex couples from marrying or entering into domestic partnerships. Despite this effort, 55 percent of North Carolinians say they plan to vote for the amendment in the latest Public Policy Polling figures.

    The campaign against the amendment, led by a group called Protect All NC Families, has chipped away at support for the amendment by emphasizing that the change could roll back rights for unmarried heterosexual couples in addition to same-sex couples. They have outspent the pro-amendment side, running TV ads that feature legal experts saying the amendment could make it tougher to prosecute domestic violence cases among unmarried straight couples.

    The anti-amendment coalition has raised more than $2 million, according to campaign finance disclosures, most of which came from small and large

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  • Early Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are up at 10 a.m.: CSX rose $.48 or 1.5 percent, to $32.35. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.25 or .3 percent, to $73.82. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $2.09 ...

  • Final Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies were up at the close of trading: Barrick Gold Corp. rose $.13 or .8 percent, to $16.57. Gold Fields rose $.04 or .9 percent, to $4.45. GoldCorp. rose $.15 or .6 percent, ...

  • Today in History

    Today is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.

  • Janet Yellen’s dilemma: No way out
    Janet Yellen’s dilemma: No way out

    Noted economist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin tells Yahoo Finance the Fed has a dilemma: There may not be a good way out of current low-rate environment.

  • New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment
    New IS video warns US over Iraq deployment

    BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group released a video warning the United States that its fighters are waiting for it in Iraq if President Barack Obama sends troops there, as his top general said may happen if the current strategy of airstrikes fails.

  • Ukraine PM tells army to be on full battle alert despite ceasefire

    By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's prime minister told government forces to remain on full battle alert on Wednesday as fighting in the rebel-held eastern city of Donetsk killed at least two civilians and further strained a ceasefire with Russian-backed separatists. "Russia definitely will not give us either peace or stability. It is not their goal. So I am asking the defense minister for full battle readiness," Arseny Yatseniuk, who is emerging as a policy 'hawk' in President Petro Poroshenko's leadership, told a government meeting. ...

  • Swedish Meatballs
    Swedish Meatballs

    Swedish meatballs can be served as an appetizer, as part of a smorgasbord, or as a main dish. Game plan: It’s best to use a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment to combine the meatball ingredients. If you don’t have a stand mixer, simply mix the ingredients in a large bowl with your hands, making sure to use a light touch.

  • Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists
    Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists

    Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) - Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with Islamic State (IS) jihadists, an officer and a cleric said.

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