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As Petrobras Scandal Spreads, Economic Toll Mounts for Brazil

For the 20 men hanging on at the Pousada do Trabalhador, a 600-bed boarding house on the dusty outskirts of this boom town northeast of Rio de Janeiro, the dream that Brazil's oil wealth would bring a better life was over. Their jobs at Comperj, a $15-billion oil refinery being built here in Itaborai by state-run energy giant Petrobras, are gone, and their employer — a mid-sized engineering company — bankrupt. The men are the latest victims of Brazil's biggest-ever...

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