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Oct 3, 2012

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Ahead of tonight's presidential debate, we look at the possibilities of economic growth and whether GOP candidate Mitt Romney will discuss his $17,000 tax deduction plan in more detail. Meanwhile in China, workers are moving closer to home because of an improved economy. And stories on who owns the M-22 highway sign in Michigan, Lenovo's new North Carolina factory, getting paid for tweeting while shopping, and teachers share their Plan B.

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Michigan trademark case questions who owns the road

Oct 3, 2012
In northern Michigan, there's a fight over a trademark on the sign for the iconic and beautiful M-22 -- a state highway that loops through the Leelanau Peninsula.
Michigan's state highway 22 is the unlikely target of a simmering trademark battle.
Adam Allington

The hidden side of U.S. economic growth: Is it over?

Oct 3, 2012
As President Obama and Mitt Romney practice their talking points and zingers on the American economy, Freakonomics reveals why we may never get big-time economic growth back.

Lenovo to manufacture computers in N.C.

Oct 3, 2012
The world's No. 2 computer maker Lenovo will hire 115 people to build computer servers, laptops and tablets in Whitsett, N.C., near its North American headquarters.

Two teachers move in with parents as step one of their Plan B

Oct 3, 2012
There are more than five million teachers in this country, but layoffs have forced many to rethink their careers. Michael Kane recently married another out-of-work teacher; they're living with his parents in Ohio.

The end of the Great Migration: China's workers return home

Oct 3, 2012
Twenty years after the start of China's great migration of farmers leaving rural China to work at factories along the country's coast, workers are beginning to return home, following an investment boom in China's interior.

Who would a $17K cap on tax deductions affect?

Oct 3, 2012
Mitt Romney says he wants to lower everyone’s tax rate by 20 percent, and one way of doing that is to restrict deductions of more than $17,000. Experts say Mitt Romney 's deduction cap would mostly impact the wealthy.

When recommendations pay off online

Oct 3, 2012
A growing group of websites lets you cash in on your opinion.

There's no place like home? Not if your candidate loses

Oct 3, 2012
JetBlue has a new contest it's running; the big prize is a free flight. It's a round-trip flight so you can flee the country...when the candidate you didn't vote for wins.

Ahead of tonight’s presidential debate, we look at the possibilities of economic growth and whether GOP candidate Mitt Romney will discuss his $17,000 tax deduction plan in more detail. Meanwhile in China, workers are moving closer to home because of an improved economy. And stories on who owns the M-22 highway sign in Michigan, Lenovo’s new North Carolina factory, getting paid for tweeting while shopping, and teachers share their Plan B.