• SACRAMENTO (CBS13) -- The recycling business is booming in California, and consumers are recycling at a rate of 82 percent which is the highest in the nation.

    It's not how most people want to spend their Friday afternoon — lugging and dumping their trash at a recycling center, but this is how people like Warren survive.

    "I was working as a network hardware engineer for nine years," says Warren.

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    After getting laid off this nicely dressed, well-educated single dad realized dumpster diving was one of the few ways he could put food on the table for his girls.

    "Every little bit adds up, digging through garbage cans isn't fun bit you do what you gotta do," explains Warren.

    Now he earns $40 a week, and Warren is not alone.

    According to Cal Recycle, a record number of people are saying, "we've already bought the soda, so instead of just throwing it away, why not recycle it and make $2 a pound?"

    From laid-off professionals to college students, a record number of

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  • SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — A new Harvard study has found that finding affordable places to rent here in the Bay Area and nationwide is becoming more and more difficult.

    The report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies found that one in four renters spends more than half their income on housing, the highest level in a quarter century.

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    And the latest data from MPF Research, which tracks the apartment sector's latest statistics, found that San Jose had the highest rent increase nationwide from March 2010 to this March. San Francisco and Oakland also ranked in the top eight in the nation in terms of fastest growing rents.

    Hessam Nadji with the Walnut Creek-based real estate investment firm Marcus and Millichap said the foreclosure crisis has a lot to do with it.

    "We've had a lot of people displaced from home ownership that are coming back into the rental market," Nadji said. "And the rental market in the past four or five years has not had too much

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  • SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — CBS is holding an open Casting Call this Saturday in San Francisco for the next season 'Big Brother'.What does it take to get on? We spoke with head Casting Director Robyn Kass to find out!

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    If there is one person to ask, Robyn Kass is your girl. Not only is she the Casting Director for 'Big Brother', but she has been casting for the show since it's second season in 2001, and also has 26 other reality shows under her belt including 'Survivor', 'The Bachelor', and 'The Bachelorette'.

    The most common question among people who want to try out for 'Big Brother': What are you looking for? What kind of personalities do you search for when casting for the show?

    Yep, absolutely the most commonly asked question!  And just like I've said many times it's difficult to put my finger on it.  It's something we know when we see it.  There are certain people you are just naturally drawn to.  It may be the way they talk,

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