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Can You Write Off Medical Marijuana On Your Taxes?

Posted August 5, 2010 | 16:41:47 (EST)

It may be legal to purchase medical marijuana with a prescription in 14 states, but is that pot tax-deductible as a medical expense?

Generally, it has not been considered tax-deductible due to its illegality under federal law, which guides the Internal Revenue Service's policies.

But a recent letter from an...

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BP Has Donated $10 Million To Wildlife Fund So Far But May Owe At Least $52 Million

Posted August 2, 2010 | 16:37:02 (EST)

Less than two months ago, BP pledged to donate any money it earns through the sale of oil recovered from the massive spill in the Gulf to a new wildlife restoration foundation. Since then, the oil giant has partly honored its pledge.

Shortly after the announcement, BP decided...

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Randall Lane's 'The Zeroes': The Best Scandals And Misadventures

Posted July 1, 2010 | 13:47:30 (EST)

The rise and fall of Trader Monthly -- a glossy magazine dedicated to chronicling the lives of spoiled Wall Street traders -- and its editor Randall Lane mirrored that of the financial world.

And when the once-emulated publication -- with its tales of excess featuring private jets in Napa valley,...

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Gulf Oil Spill: Officials Predict Mental Health Problems Similar To Post-Valdez Alaska

Posted June 17, 2010 | 16:17:17 (EST)

In addition to destroying the wildlife, killing animals and devastating the coastal economy, the massive oil spill in the Gulf will have damaging psychological consequences for Gulf coast residents for decades to come, say scientists and researchers.

Two months since the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, mental health professionals...

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BP CEO Hari-Kari: Louisiana Rep. Suggests Lamar McKay Should Consider Suicide (VIDEO)

Posted June 15, 2010 | 18:02:43 (EST)

Outrage over BP's role in the massive oil spill is widespread and lawmakers are known for their histrionics but Rep. Joseph Cao took it to a whole new level at today's congressional hearing on America's energy future featuring a lineup of the country's top oil executives.

Though Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)...

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Exxon, BP CEOs: It Was 'Embarrassment' To Include Walruses In Gulf Response Plan (VIDEO)

Posted June 15, 2010 | 13:48:45 (EST)

The grilling of the major oil executives at Tuesday's Congressional hearing into America's energy future got off to an early start.

The topic: walruses.

Noting that most oil producers included walruses in their oil spill regional response plans despite the fact that the mammal is not native to the Gulf...

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BP Wildlife Fund Details Remain Vague, Well's Minority Owner Not Yet Committed To Plan

Posted June 14, 2010 | 12:53:15 (EST)

BP announced last week that it will be allocating the profits earned by selling recovered oil in the Gulf region to an unnamed wildlife fund. The oil giant claims that the money from the wildlife fund will be used to revitalize the Gulf yet environmentalists are taking a wait-and-see attitude...

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'Hitch-22': 6 Juicy Celebrity Bites From Christopher Hitchens's New Memoir (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted June 8, 2010 | 08:33:03 (EST)

In recent years, Christopher Hitchens's personality has almost always overshadowed his prose. So, it seems fitting that the 61-year-old rhetorical pugilist's new book is his memoir, "Hitch-22."

With his razor-sharp wit, Hitchens recounts everything from the shocking details of his mother's death to his visit to a Thai brothel, with...

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Gulf Oil Spill: Relief Wells Are Risky, Could Actually Make Spill Worse

Posted June 2, 2010 | 11:05:04 (EST)

In the wake of every failed attempt to stem the gush of oil spewing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the one option that is almost unanimously recommended is the use of relief wells. But such a procedure has its own safety risks and has the...

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