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How to Stop Identity Thieves From Stealing Your Tax Refund

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had targeted about 400 identity thieves across the country. The thieves were using stolen Social Security numbers to file false tax returns and then claim the refunds.

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John and Anna Betar
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Meet the World’s Longest-Married Couple

Lots of people are looking for the love of a lifetime this Valentine’s Day. John and Ann Betar have already found it.

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Post Office Will Not Deliver Mail on Saturdays Anymore

Starting this summer, you won't be getting any mail over the weekend.

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Source: Official White House Pool 2012
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What Will Obamacare Cost? IRS Estimates $20,000 Minimum A Year For Average Family

(Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)With the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act - or Obamacare - everyone will be mandated to buy health insurance or pay a tax to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Hybrid Auto Owners Could Face A Fee To Help Recoup Lost Gasoline Revenues To Fix Highways

Sometimes you get what you pay for.  And sometimes, cause and effect aren't what they really seem to be.

Automobiles need roads to drive on.  Roads cost money.  In the past, state governments have raised money for these roadways via gasoline tax money.

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Etch A Sketch Inventor Dies at Age 86

Andre Cassagnes, the man responsible for inventing the venerable Etch A Sketch, a toy that inspired countless children ever since it was introduced in 1960, has died at age 86 in France.

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Ben & Jerry’s Launches ’30 Rock’-Themed Liz Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Last night was the series finale for '30 Rock.' Of course the sitcom will live on in reruns. And fans will also be able to continue to get a taste of the show with Ben & Jerry's latest offering, Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Blueberry Lavender Swirl.

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Postal Worker Retires After 44 Years Without Taking a Single Sick Day
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Postal Worker Retires After 44 Years Without Taking a Single Sick Day

As the famous motto goes, "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" stops dedicated postal workers. And as far as Deborah Ford is concerned, who retired from the USPS after more than four decades on the job without taking a single sick day, nothing else does either.

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Teacher In Hot Water After Facebook Photo Surfaces of Students With Mouths Duct-Taped Shut

It's a Facebook photo middle school math teacher Melissa Cairns wished she never posted. The snap, which has since been removed from her page, showed several of her students with duct tape over their mouth. "Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!," read the caption.

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Obamacare Equals Reduced Hours For Some Wendy’s Employees

Apparently they weren't empty threats.  When The Obama administration pushed for the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, some of the nations largest employers said that the costs associated with the new mandate would force them into reducing hours, a cut-back on hiring, or worse

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Sandy Hook School Shooter Adam Lanza Wore EAR PLUGS During Massacre

Investigators in the Sandy Hook shootings have revealed that Adam Lanza, the kid who entered the school and began his shooting spree was found with ear plugs in his ears. One can speculate but there are more questions than answers. Here is was is bothering authorities.

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Source: Tyrone Warner via flickr
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Fiscal Cliff And Milk Prices; Deal Reached To Avert Prices Doubling

An update on a post from two weeks ago:  Congress has passed a deal to extend the 2008 Farm Bill that heads off rising milk prices in 2013.

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