Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that Americans trimmed their overall indebtedness in the latest quarter, continuing a nearly five-year trend as mortgage balances fell ... more 
Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed that Americans trimmed their overall indebtedness in the latest quarter, continuing a nearly five-year trend as mortgage balances fell further Responding to Germans' unease over U.S. surveillance of the Internet, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet agreed initial plans to boost European technology companies and make them a more favorable alternative to U.S. peers. With an election looming in less than six weeks, the government has come under pressure to do more to protect citizens' private data. The question has dipped in and out of the national conversation for decades: What should the United States do about marijuana? The nation has moved from the abstract matter of "if" to the more tangible debate over "how," said Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center "Changing attitudes about weed are part of a larger shift in the country's collective thoughts on federal drug policy. Now, on the heels of CNN's Sanjay Gupta reversal of his stance on medical marijuana, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an initiative to curb mandatory minimum drug sentences . less 
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