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The Supreme Court handed a victory to slaughterhouse employees seeking to recover overtime wages, but the suit was just one in a string of cases against the food giant with a penchant for flouting fair labor laws.

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Almost half of Americans classified as poor earn an income that's 50 percent below the poverty line; the Internet is adding to the destruction of the creative class, musician David Byrne argues; and North Dakota has suffered one of the worst onshore oil spills in recent history, courtesy of fracking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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There is a strong connection between scarce resources and cognition: The more a person struggles financially, the less he or she can channel brain processes to completing other tasks. When you can't make ends meet, the weight of worry occupies a large portion of the mind.

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The Census Bureau published a new measure of poverty this month to more carefully count those Americans who are barely getting by. The new income category -- “near poor” -- is up for grabs to those in the OWS movement, who could use it to better tell their alternative story of broad American hardship. (more)

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One out of every seven Americans lived through 2009 in poverty, according to the Census Bureau. Working Americans haven't been this poor in 50 years. The poverty line -- $21,954 or less annual income for a family of four -- is quite low and the number of Americans struggling to get by is much higher still.

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