Associated Press
Office hours are posted on the front door of the North Las Vegas City Hall building, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Despite its suburban trimmings, this blue-collar, family-oriented city outside Las Vegas is officially a disaster area. Faced with an unrelenting tide of foreclosures and bankruptcies, Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. North Las Vegas is among its hardest-hit cities, with the state threatening to take it over every few months. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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