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Smart Things to do With your Tax Refund

Posted: 03/27/2014 - According to the most recent data released by the IRS, more than 48 million tax refunds have been issued so far this tax season. That's about 5.6 percent more than this time last year, and the average refund is up three percent at $3,034.

Shoppers Cope With Sky High Food Prices

Updated: 03/27/2014 - Earlier this month it was reported that beef prices are at the highest they've been in nearly 30 years. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates food prices will increase between 2.5 and 3.5 percent in 2014.

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  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery....
  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults....
  • Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
    DWORP, Belgium (AP) -- The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone....
  • Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading
    BEIJING (AP) -- Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance....
  • Advice to Democrats: Don't say `recovery'
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser....
  • Venture investments highest since 2001
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Funding for U.S. startup companies soared 57 percent in the first quarter to a level not seen since 2001, as venture capitalists piled more money into a growing number of deals, according to a report due out Friday....

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