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Higher Taxes and Higher Prices Are Coming in 2013 — Dollars and Sense

Regardless of the American economy’s checkered enthusiasm, it appears as if consumers are currently aboard the fast track to higher taxes and rising prices on things like health care and grocery items scheduled to come around at the turn of the new year.

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What American Cities Have the Cleanest Air?

Tired of breathing air clouded by pollen, pollution, secondhand smoke and harmful ozone? You may want to consider Honeywell's AirGenius Awards list of the top 10 cities in America with the cleanest air.

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3 Killed, 4 Injured in Shooting at Spa in Milwaukee Suburb

Three people are dead and four others injured today after a mass shooting at a spa in Brookfield, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee. The man police suspect in the shooting has also been found dead, according to a county dispatcher in Wisconsin.

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FBI Foils Plot to Bomb Federal Reserve Building in New York

A man drove from Long Island, New York, into Lower Manhattan earlier today in a van he thought was filled with explosives. He parked the van close to the Federal Reserve building, just a few blocks from the World Trade Center, and planned to detonate it using a cell phone from a nearby hotel.

The explosives, however, were fake.

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Felix Baumgartner Breaks Skydiving World Record, Sound Barrier

No one gets high better than Felix Baumgartner.

Austrian BASE-jumper Baumgartner, 43, broke a 52-year-old skydiving altitude record and the sound barrier by jumping out of a space capsule 128,100 feet above the Earth in Roswell, N.M. on Sunday.

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Chicago Considers ‘Violence Tax’ on Guns and Ammo

City officials in Chicago are considering a proposed “violence tax” on guns and ammunition in hopes that it will help shade in the gray areas of a $115 million black hole in the city’s budget and police the number of guns in circulation on the streets. This has Second Amendment supporters ticked off because sources say the proposed tax will increase the prices of these items exponentially, even though no one yet knows what the tax would be.

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Upcoming Diaper Shortage Means Things Are About to Get Very Messy

Well, this stinks.

Following an explosion at a chemical factory in Japan, the world may be facing a looming (and smelly) crisis: a diaper shortage. The Nippon Shokubai Company's plant in Himeji is a leading producer of acrylic acid, a main component in disposable diapers. Over the weekend, it went boom.

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TV, Web, Newspaper, Radio: How Do You Get Your News? — Survey of the Day

The Internet may have revolutionized the way many of us get the news, but according to a Harris Poll of 2,307 adults, a majority of Americans still prefer an older technology when it comes to their preferred method of news accumulation.

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How Would Americans Spend Their Money If They Won The Lottery

In a new study from CouponCabin.com, nearly 40 percent of Americans reported playing the lottery sometimes, with 13 percent saying they try regularly to hit it big. Are you one of these people. Be careful, make plans, but make smart plans.

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Los Angeles Officials Chop Down 400 Trees To Make Way For Space Shuttle Endeavour

Los Angeles residents were ecstatic when news broke that the California Science Center would become the final resting place for the retired space shuttle Endeavour.  Now though, some of those same people who were praising the opportunity are crying foul as up to 400 trees are chopped down to make room for it

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Obama’s State Department Advocates Using Food To Foster Foreign Relations

Who needs strategic defense and counter-intelligence when you have french fries?  The State Department is enlisting the help of more than 80 chefs from the United States to help foster diplomacy with foreign countries

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Obama Bear Hugger Facing Yelp Backlash

You've probably already seen the photo of Big Apple Pizza owner Scott Van Duzer giving Barack Obama a mighty bear hug hug during a campaign stop the President made in Fort Pierce, FL over the weekend.

The picture started to go viral on Sunday, and suddenly Van Duzer became an instant-celebrity who is currently making the media rounds. But when the muscular 46-year-old, a self-proclaimed Republican, said he would also be voting for his new hug buddy it didn't sit well with some conservatives.

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