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Brooklyn Industries: U.S.-Made Not As Easy As It Seems

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Trisha Yearwood Ready to Say ‘Hello Nashville, Goodbye Beloved Home’

Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks are planning their return to Nashville in a slightly odd way: By listingYearwood’s Nashville area home for sale for $2.2 million.The couple has a home base in Oklahoma, where Brooks and Yearwood have spent the bulk of their time over the years in order to remain close to Brooks’ children from his first marriage. Show More Summary

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu runs away from Obama in campaign ad

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is in a tricky spot as she runs for re-election. The president's party typically loses ground in midterms, and this year, with Obama's approval rating underwater and a controversial health care law hanging over everything, could be a disastrous one for Democrats. Show More Summary

Denver is getting its first 'bud and breakfast' hotel soon

The "wake and bake" routine is about to undergo a four-star revamp. A Denver hospitality chain is opening the first "bud and breakfast" hotel as marijuana-friendly accommodations proliferate in the wake of Colorado relaxing its pot laws in January. Show More Summary

How Putin and his ilk are redefining democracy -- Big Brother-style

It's been tough, recently, to discern the difference between dictatorship and democracy. Vladimir Putin's recent demonstration of political chutzpah, for example, raises again the question: How do autocrats like Putin get elected in a democracy? Answering this question requires acknowledging that democracies are not what they used to be. Show More Summary

Settling with Uncle Sam: Ways to pay your taxes

If you haven't yet filed your federal tax return, you're not alone. Millions of taxpayers wait for the April 15 filing deadline to settle their score with Uncle Sam, particularly those who owe a significant sum. A few do so intentionally, opting to keep their savings in the market and earn interest as long as possible. Show More Summary

Walking Dead creator says Jon Hamm would make a 'perfect' villain

How would Don Draper fare during a zombie apocalypse? AMC's The Walking Dead has featured several memorable villains, but Negan — a sadistic villain with an extended arc in the comic books on which the TV show is based — will require...Show More Summary

North Korean officials reportedly target London barbershop because of 'disrespectful' Kim Jong-Un sign

A manager of a British barbershop is claiming that two North Korean officials roughed him up and asked him to destroy a sign mocking Kim Jong-Un. At Mo Nabbach's shop in west London, a poster displays the leader's face with a message...Show More Summary

Seven Principles of Yard Sale Season

I enjoy going to yard sales. On our free spring and summer weekends, our family will burn part of the day going to these sales, looking for Have a plan. Rather than simply trusting that we’ll find sales by serendipity, we take some time to locate sales beforehand. Show More Summary

Are You the Financially 'Out Spouse'? This Quick Quiz Will Tell

Alamy A new client asked me recently, "Am I the out spouse?" She's going through a divorce, and her attorney had called her that in passing. She was a little embarrassed to ask what it meant, but she knew it didn't sound like a compliment. I...Show More Summary

Don't fret the falling tech stocks

After climbing 244 percent from its 2009 low, the NASDAQ has dropped over 8 percent. It even fell 3.1 percent last Thursday alone, its largest single day drop since November 2011: (Bloomberg) And while the dip since March looks pretty small in the broader context of the last five years, certain slices of the tech market have fallen more heavily. Show More Summary

How to be more satisfied with your life, according to science

I've posted a lot about the research around how to be happier. But being satisfied with your life is something a little different. Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, gave a TED talk where he explained the two pretty well: Happiness is being happy in your life. Show More Summary

Consumer Prices Barely Rise in March

Sue Ogrocki/AP By JOSH BOAK WASHINGTON -- Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping offset higher costs for food and clothing. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases the previous two months. Show More Summary

Today in history: The birth of the federal income tax

April 15, 1861: Following the Confederate shelling of Ft. Sumter, S.C., President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to join the Union Army. 92,000 did, and the Civil War — the most devastating war in American history — was on. Show More Summary

Money Minute: Budget Deficit Shrinks; Obamacare Costs Less

The nation's budget deficit could fall to less than half of what it was just a few years ago. The Congressional Budget Office has revised its deficit estimate, mostly because military spending will be less than previously thought. It now projects the deficit will narrow to $492 billion this year. Show More Summary

Keeping Up With the Smiths

Keeping up with the Joneses is bad.  We know that.  From a financial perspective, we spend a great deal of our time overcoming the green monster called envy in order to keep our lives in some semblance of financial order.  We know the Joneses down the street with their big, fancy new SUV. Show More Summary

Coca-Cola Profits Slips Even as Consumers Sip More Drinks

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images NEW YORK -- Coca-Cola's first-quarter profit fell nearly 8 percent as the world's biggest beverage maker faced a stronger dollar and sold less soda. But the company sold more of its noncarbonated...Show More Summary

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