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The back of a 2006 Benjamin Franklin silver dollar. The classic U.S. colonial slogan “E Pluribus Unum: Join, or Die” and drawing of a segmented snake adorn the back of the coin.

US considers replacing paper dollar bills with dollar coins

Producing paper dollar bills is a more expensive proposition than ever, reports AOL News. That’s why Senators Richard Shelby, Robert Casey and Tom Harkin are continuing a battle that in one form or another has been fought since U.S. President Andrew Jackson held office in the 1830s. On behalf of the U.S. Government Accountability Office
A 2004 photograph of Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Phuong with a group of children in a Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam hospital. The children are all disabled, most of them due to the continuing effects of the chemical weapon Agent Orange.

Agent Orange will cost America $42 billion over 10 years

In addition to being the cause of severe birth defects for generations of Vietnamese children, the herbicide/chemical weapon Agent Orange has afflicted more than 1 million American veterans. Scores of soldiers who enlisted or were drafted to serve their country came home with such conditions as acute peripheral neuropathy, soft tissue sarcoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma,
A father and mother walking with their young child on a beach in Florida.

Money Magazine Best Places to Live highlights small town life

It’s time for this year’s Money Magazine “Best Places to Live,” and the fact that small towns dominate the list of 100 cities should come as no surprise. Overcrowding in America’s modern metropolises presents a wide array of safety and logistical problems for families, not to mention exorbitant costs. CNN Money claims that the major
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Google seeks to overpower Groupon with Google Offers

Google tried to convince Groupon to accept a $6 billion buyout in December, but Groupon chose not to bite. Now Google is taking the booming online coupon business into its own hands, reports Mashable. Google Offers, a Groupon-like product that offers online discounts at local businesses for consumers, will soon enter the fray. Google Offers

Best supplements for immunity | Staying healthy for less

In cold and flu season, the best supplements for immunity seem like a great way to spend money. The U.S. supplement market is worth $6.1 billion, and a single supplement bottle could run you $20 or more. While the benefits of supplements run the gamut, there are some basics that can get you the best
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Gas boycott would not work, despite Facebook campaigns

There have been a prodigious number of chain emails and social media campaigns over the years calling for a gas boycott. The idea is that if people everywhere don’t buy gasoline for a day, it will force gas companies to lower gas prices and stop gouging their customers. The trouble with this idea is that

Fewer people financially confident about entering retirement

The number of people who feel financially confident about entering retirement are an increasingly small portion of the population. Falling real estate values and a volatile stock market have made soon-to-be retirees fairly nervous. To make matters worse, energy prices could be due for a large increase, and politicians may be gunning for Social Security.
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Estimates project Social Security will run out of cash by 2037

New estimates project that Social Security will run out of cash by 2037. The estimates, from the Congressional Budget Office purport that Social Security will run a deficit until 2037, when the trust fund will be completely depleted. Recent tax cuts already have given advance cash out of Social Security revenue. Constant deficits projected for
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Why Google One Pass may be no real threat to Apple subscriptions

Google one-upped Apple Wednesday by announcing its One Pass content subscription service. Google unveiled One Pass one day after Apple announced its subscription service on the Apple App Store. Media companies will pay less to sell subscriptions on One Pass, but Apple subscriptions give customers more control. Google’s One Pass subscription service Google’s One Pass
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Federal agencies question clean energy bonds for homeowners

PACE loans, otherwise known as Property Assessed Clean Energy Bonds, are quick personal loans provided by cities to homeowners. Intended to finance energy-efficiency upgrades and retrofits, these PACE loans are paid off as a part of the property taxes on a house. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, though,
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White House stimulus report shows Recovery Act worked as planned

The economic stimulus package is a  success, according to a White House stimulus report submitted Friday. Yet it has failed politically. Most economists agree that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been well managed, well executed and prevented the economy from getting worse. But the slow recovery and high unemployment have disillusioned the public
CEO Barbie, hard at work in the office.

CEO salaries at highest level since 2007

Hiring was up in April, but so were unemployment numbers. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the stagnant salary level of average U.S. workers. According to the Associated Press, however, CEO salaries in 2010 were at the highest level since 2007. Recession Never-Never Land The year 2007 was marked by economic boom, record high
A young man arranging beach chairs and umbrellas at a resort.

The best summer jobs for teens

The recession has made getting a job more difficult for everyone, but if you’re a teenager looking for summer jobs, the competition can be overwhelming. Nothing ventured, nothing gained still applies, however – even at minimum wage. Here are some hot summer jobs that typically employ younger, less experienced workers. The kids are alright, thanks
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Federal budget passes; fewer troops need military payday loans

The United States Congress recently passed the federal budget for fiscal year 2011 after a long standoff. Among concerns about a possible government shutdown were that military service personnel would have to resort to payday loans and other financial means if a deal could not be made. Thankfully, the shutdown was avoided. Shutdown could have
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Surprise China rate hike reveals country worried about inflation

The first China interest rate hike since 2007 caught analysts by surprise and knocked  world markets off-kilter. The Chinese government offered no explanation, but consensus among experts is China has recognized the need to stem inflation in its economy. Fears that the China rate hike could drag on global recovery sent stock markets in Europe
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Big businesses present wish list for consumer finance regulation

On July 21, 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is scheduled to officially begin living up to its mandate as the United States’ regulatory body for consumer finance companies. The impending change recently prompted business groups to send the Obama administration a “wish list” letter that expresses what they think the CFPB should do first,
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Chocolate more costly after £658 million cocoa purchase

“Not for all the tea in China” is the expression used when something is so valuable to an individual that it isn’t up for sale (although tea in China is a huge staple of exchange or barter). Yet cocoa is a different story, as British financier Anthony Ward has proven. Mr. Ward set down £658