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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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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration....
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    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech....
  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea....
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  • Draghi wants to publish ECB minutes
    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank's rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations - without names....
  • US-Japan trade talks suspended without agreement
    TOKYO (AP) -- Talks between the United States and Japan on a Pacific Rim trade pact have halted for now without any resolution in sight, spoiling plans for a showcase deal during President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo....

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