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VOL. 126 | NO. 232 | Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gov't: US Not Responsible for Europe's Debt Woes

JULIE PACE | Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Wary of Europe's deepening debt crisis, President Barack Obama said Monday the United States stands ready to do its part to help the continent, even as the White House ruled out any financial contributions from U.S. taxpayers.

Meantime, a top European Union official offered his assurances to Obama and the American people that Europe's leaders fully understood the magnitude of the crisis, though he said decisions on how to solve the economic woes could take time.

Obama and European Union officials met at the White House Monday for an annual summit amid growing fears over the future of the euro. Experts say that without drastic action, the euro could be days away from collapsing, a scenario that could cause more financial damage to the American economy.

While Obama offered no specifics on how the U.S. may be willing to assist Europe, he said Europe's financial success was crucial to the U.S. economy.

"If Europe is contracting, or if Europe is having difficulties, then it's much more difficult for us to create good here jobs at home," Obama said at the conclusion of the day-long summit.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 98 172 17,556
MORTGAGES 101 194 20,229
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 9 2,654
BUILDING PERMITS 223 349 36,295
BANKRUPTCIES 52 115 11,279
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 58 5,767
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 6,715
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 68 3,984