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The Kids Really Are Alright

Since the recession began more than two years ago, the Pew Research Center reports that more than half of all Americans have lost their job, had their hours or wages cut, or been forced to work part-time instead of full-time.

Our habits have changed, too, with more than 70 percent of respondents buying less expensive brands and more than half either cutting back or canceling vacation time altogether.


But among the groups hardest hit, 18-to-29-year-olds remain the most optimistic, believing that over the course of the next year their situation will likely improve, despite 24 percent having been forced to move back home since this whole thing started. Unemployed younger workers, the study reports, are also more willing than other groups to relocate or go back to school to better improve their chances.

How have you been impacted by the recession? And do you share in such youthful optimism?

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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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