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Walgreens Halts Genetic Test Sales on FDA Concerns

Posted May 14, 2010 | 13:43:35 (EST)

Earlier this week, Walgreens announced with great fanfare that it was selling a controversial over-the-counter genetics test. The drug store chain quickly changed its mind after the Food and Drug Administration objected, ending the bewildering episode as quickly as it started.

Testing your own DNA makes as much sense as...

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Lawsuit Against Second Life Brings Real World Problems

Posted May 5, 2010 | 21:48:09 (EST)

A group of gamers is looking for real money from the creator of the virtual world Second Life, charging fraud and false advertising because of changes in how land is held in the game.

In Second Life -- and in online role playing games like World of Warcraft -- players...

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Best Queso? We Rank the House Brands

Posted May 3, 2010 | 19:59:34 (EST)

Cinco de Mayo's right around the corner kids, so round up the dorm mates, buy some margarita mix, snatch a bag of salty tortilla chips, and of course, get some ... queso.

Ah queso: that magical, cheesy concoction that makes the chip eating experience all the more exquisite -- that...

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Land Sales Lead Recovery in Housing Market

Posted April 30, 2010 | 18:36:37 (EST)

You still may not be able to find a buyer for your house that sits wilting on the market, but don't be surprised if that large empty tract of land down the road is getting plenty of attention.

While the existing home sales market is just beginning to show fluttering...

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Six Jobs Created by the iPad

Posted April 28, 2010 | 13:36:10 (EST)

It's barely been a month since Apple's iPad made its way into the hands of eager consumers, and in a few days thousands more iPads will be sold with the ability to connect to AT&T's 3G network. In addition to entertaining consumers and spurring app store splurges, the iPad has...

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2010: The Year of the Pothole?

Posted April 16, 2010 | 18:09:23 (EST)

I have a new nemesis. Its name is 287. Precisely a stretch of 287W between Exit 8 in White Plains, New York and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Driving home a few days ago, I felt like the little frog in the old video game except rather than manically switching lanes...

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GAO Says Postal Service Should Shutter Offices and Saturday Delivery

Posted April 13, 2010 | 23:18:53 (EST)

Getting mail on Saturday and the convenience of your local post office may soon be a thing of the past.

The U.S. Postal Service is dealing with a $297 million loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year and needs to make deep cuts in jobs, wages and outsource...

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Nicolas Cage's Foreclosed House Nets Zero at Auction

Posted April 8, 2010 | 20:07:16 (EST)

Nicolas Cage bid adieu to another mansion Wednesday -- after no one bid for it in a foreclosure auction. His Bel-Air, Calif., Tudor estate went on the block starting at $10.4 million, a measly sum given that the "National Treasure" star had asked for $35 million when he put it...

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Which iPad Apps Are Worth Having? What Apple's Staff Thinks

Posted April 6, 2010 | 18:50:37 (EST)

Four days after the iPad made its debut, the Fifth Avenue Apple store is still flooded with shoppers looking to buy or test out the new gadget-of-the-moment, or rather, year. But now that the iPad has finally made its debut, can you expect to find your favorite apps on it?...

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New Tax Incentives for Employers: Are they Enough?

Posted March 30, 2010 | 18:30:04 (EST)

Recent data from the Department of Labor indicates that unemployment remains a problem. As of February, the national unemployment rate was 9.7%. This rate is down from the 2009 high of 10.1% in October but not dropping as quickly as hoped.

As part of efforts to boost the numbers...

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L.L. Bean's New Signature Line: The Preppy Look Gets a Risky Makeover

Posted March 28, 2010 | 21:57:57 (EST)

When L.L. Bean first announced its plan to launch a hip new clothing line targeting 20- and 30-somethings last August, I quickly joined the chorus of voices crying foul. After all, Bean isn't just a brand; it's an institution, a torchbearer, a monument to a bygone lifestyle. Along with Brooks...

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Botox Gel and Internal Bras? The Future of Cosmetic Procedures

Posted March 25, 2010 | 18:11:44 (EST)

Despite a daunting 10.7% unemployment rate, America's love affair with cosmetic procedures rages on. While people are spending less on more invasive surgeries, they are still making room in their budgets for non-invasive treatments like Botox and Restylane. Last year, these nonsurgical procedures increased by almost 1%, while surgical procedures...

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States and Cities where Americans Spend the Most

Posted March 24, 2010 | 17:29:35 (EST)

$37,782. That's the amount that the average American household spent in 2009, not including rent or mortgages, based on the How America Spends report just released by social comparison money site Bundle. The report, which makes use of U.S. government spending data and data obtained from Citi to break down...

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iPhone and PayPal Bump for a New Way to Exchange Money

Posted March 23, 2010 | 18:17:13 (EST)

PayPal has created an iPhone application along with Bump Technologies that allows iPhone users to pay one another by using their cell number or by bumping phones together. (Unfortunately its name could be a little snappier than PayPal's Send Money and its counterpart, Collect Money.) The same app can be...

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Health Care Bill Passes: How Will It Affect You?

Posted March 22, 2010 | 12:47:17 (EST)

House Democrats passed the Senate version of the health care reform bill after hours of debate and politicking. It took about 9 1/2 hours to get to the crucial vote that passed health care reform at 10:46 p.m. ET by a vote of 219 to 212. All the Republicans and...

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State Sales Taxes Continue to Rise

Posted March 11, 2010 | 09:28:54 (EST)

If you flip on the news or thumb through a newspaper these days, it's no secret that the federal government is facing a mounting deficit. Spending has outstripped revenues for years now, and the current recession has cut deeply into the biggest source of income: taxpayers.

What hasn't been touted...

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Are Student Services Cheaper and Better?

Posted March 9, 2010 | 17:35:44 (EST)

Would you trust a student driver to get you to the airport fast? Probably not, but you certainly wouldn't mind getting a free massage from a student at a top-notch massage institute. With students training to be tomorrow's masters, there's money to be saved using their services.

Andrea Chalupa,...

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Will a Handgun Make You Feel Safer In a National Park?

Posted February 25, 2010 | 12:01:15 (EST)

National Parks are reserves that display America's natural beauty to the public. Some people find them places of solitude, where they can go sightseeing, vacation, and camp out in the wild. A visit to a national park is considerably cheaper than the conventional family-of-four vacation. But while protecting your wallet,...

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The Recession Slammed 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Posted February 19, 2010 | 14:39:30 (EST)

You aren't the only one feeling the pinch. In an exclusive interview with WalletPop's Jason Cochran, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's resident carpenter, Paul DiMeo, reports that the tough times have hit his popular ABC show, too.

Go behind the scenes and figure out the specific budget cuts. One of the...

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Team USA Moms Score Olympic Sponsorships from Proctor and Gamble

Posted February 17, 2010 | 23:48:33 (EST)

There's a reason Olympic athletes mouth the words, "Thanks, Mom" into the cameras as they hold their medals aloft. Mothers spend countless hours waiting, watching, driving and cheering them on and they spend a small fortune on tournament fees, coaching, travel and sports equipment. Being the mom of an Olympic...

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