Millions of dollars worth of $1 coins languish in a vault at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Baltimore branch.
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Golden dollar coins featuring Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States.
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The coin storage area of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's Baltimore branch, where unused $1 coins are piling up.
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U.S. Mint Director Edmund Moy (right) and Director of the Federal Reserve's Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems Louise Roseman (left) unveiled the designs of the presidential series of $1 coins during a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Nov. 20, 2006.
Politicians in Washington hardly let a few minutes go by without mentioning how broke the government is. So, it's a little surprising that they've created a stash of more than $1 billion that almost no one wants.
Unused dollar coins have been quietly piling up in Federal Reserve vaults in breathtaking numbers, thanks to a government program that has required their production since 2007.
And even though the neglected mountain of money recently grew past the $1 billion mark, the U.S. Mint will keep making more and more of the coins under a congressional mandate.
Bruce Springsteen, the NPR audience favorite, plays in front of the flag, circa 1984.
Click the audio link above to hear Frannie Kelley talk to All Things Considered's Michele Norris about your picks for songs that make you feel proud to be from wherever you're from. Though Bruce Springsteen was the clear winner, you also wrote in for Filipino band Up Dharma Down, The Tragically Hip (Canada), Los Tigres del Norte and Marvin Gaye's 1983 performance of "The Star Spangled Banner."
It can be tough finding a regular job in the tough economy that many Americans are enduring. To earn a living, some folks are working multiple part-time jobs — as many as six or eight of them. The New York Times profiled some of those workers Sunday.
Air Force SSgt. Chris Reed, holding his son Colby, and his wife, Tracy, with son Wesley, seek help at the FEMA office. The couple is looking for housing after their home flooded.
In Minot, N.D., floodwaters are finally starting to recede into the Souris River, according to a National Guard spokesman who talked to the AP. But in the town, 4,000 homes have been damaged by the river, and thousands of residents remain homeless.
Flooding reached a peak over the weekend in Minot, and the water level had fallen by a reported 6 inches by Monday afternoon. But that means other communities downriver — such as Velva and Sawyer — are now under threat of flooding.