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- The poorest Americans are forced to spend much more than they earn in order to survive. [Huffington Post]
- The University of California will pay a $1 million settlement to students pepper-sprayed during an Occupy Wall Street protest on campus. [Wall Street Journal]
- A new generation of mortgage scammers are trying to take advantage of the $25 billion foreclosure fraud settlement. [Washington Post]
- The NFL reached an eight-year labor deal with its referees last night. [New York Times]
- Spain’s prime minister will release a new budget today amidst ongoing anti-austerity protests. [Financial Times]
- European Union regulators are preparing to charge Microsoft with failing to comply with an antitrust order. [Reuters]
- China’s transition to a new group of leaders has blunted its ability to respond to its current economic downturn. [New York Times]