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Pennies, Nickels and Dimes, Oh My! Coins on the Rise in the US — Dollars and Sense

Officials at the US Mint have spotted a sign they say is indicative of an improving economy — coin shipments are increasing.

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Returning Soldier Surprises Family at KFC [VIDEO]

We’ve all seen the heartwarming videos of soldiers stationed overseas surprising their children stateside with early returns home.

And that’s how this video of Capt. Cherissa Jackson, who had been deployed in Afghanistan, begins, with mom surprising her daughters Anita and Ashley at a Gaitherburg, Maryland Kentucky Fried Chicken. But then it gets even more touching. 

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Bald Beautiful Barbie

If cancer survivors have their say - Barbie could be coming to a store near you -- bald.
movement is afoot on Facebook to create a "Bald Barbie" as a role model for young girls going through chemotherapy or suffering from hair loss conditions such as alopecia

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Steven Tyler to Supreme Court: Watch the language

Language and images have changed over the years. Some are saying the FCC has lost it's authority to police rules, some say they have become outdated. Many people ask me if I have ever cursed on the air. I'll tell you that answer in private. W

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Gas Prices Could Hit Record High This Year — Dollars and Sense

If it seems like it’s costing more and more to fill up your gas tank, it’s not just your imagination.

On average, a gallon of fuel costs 22 cents more than it did at this time last year. Worse yet, experts think it’ll climb higher still.

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Which States Charge the Most to Insure a New Car?

The cost of new cars doesn’t vary much from state-to-state, but the cost of insuring one absolutely does. In fact, auto insurance can cost as much as three times the national average in some states.

A new survey finds various state laws, weather, theft rates, and the overall percentage of uninsured drivers are just some of the factors leading to such drastic price disparities. So where will your wallet take the biggest hit?

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Dozens of Kmart and Sears Stores to Close After Disastrous Holiday Season

If you’re a regular shopper at Kmart or Sears, you may soon have fewer places to spend your money — parent company Sears Holdings has said that in light of decreased holiday sales, it’ll close at least 100 stores in the coming months.

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Obama Continues Transparency Mission With Media Coffee Klutch

Barrack Obama ran for election on a campaign platform of transparency.  He vowed not to fall prey to party politics and to maintain equal access to the POTUS and the White House for all.

How then do you reconcile that with yesterday's one-sided media reception?
An all-star list of progressive and liberal media folks came to the White House today to chat with President Obama over coffee in the Roosevelt Room

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U.S. Marriage Rate Hits An All Time Low

It appears that along with an anemic economy, the United States has also set a record for the lowest percentage of married people - ever.
Just 51% of adult Americans are married, compared with 72% in 1960

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Salvation Army Goes High Tech; Accepts Credit Cards

Call it a sign of the times:  The Salvation Army is kettle-testing a way for people to donate using credit cards.
Don't have any change to spare for the guy ringing the bell at the Salvation Army kettle? Soon, you may be able to pull out your credit card to make your donation

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Coca Cola Secret Formula Is Out Of The Vault

For the first time in 86 years, the secret recipe for Coca Cola is out of the vault!  But it's for a good reason.
The Coca-Cola Co. has made its secret formula the centerpiece of a new exhibit at its corporate museum, ditching the confines of the bank vault where the list of ingredients had been stored since 1925

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New Allegations Against Would-Be Assassin John Hinckley

Thirty years after attempting to assassinate then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan and serious wounding James Brady, new allegations are coming forward about the status of John Hinckley's case.
Government lawyers told a federal judge Wednesday that the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 went to a bookstore recently where he perused books on Reagan and people who've tried to assassinate presidents

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