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What's Making Americans Less Thirsty For Gasoline?

The price of gas keeps rising for Americans, but it's not because of rising demand from consumers. In fact, demand has fallen since 2007. Consumers' craving for hybrids and aversion to paying more at the pump are only part of the story.
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From Abe Lincoln To Donald Duck: History Of The Income Tax

The story of how the U.S. wound up with the income tax is the story of two wars, a Supreme Court justice on his death bed, and Donald Duck.
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Airlines, Fliers Seek To Fit More In Overhead

Airline passengers don't like baggage fees. To avoid them, they often haul as much carry-on luggage onto the plane as they can manage. Airlines aren't backing down on the fees, but they are expanding their overhead bins to acknowledge the new reality.
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A Job At What Cost? When Employers Log In To Dig In

Robert Collins says he felt "violated" when the Maryland Department of Corrections asked to log in to his Facebook account during a job interview. He's now pushing back, working with lawmakers to bar employers from asking such a privacy-invading question.
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Are High Gas Prices Part Of A Plot To Cut Consumption? Republicans Say So

Republicans are attacking President Obama and his team for allegedly saying they wanted energy prices to go up. The president scoffs at the charge. But some environmentalists say higher energy prices would be a good thing because they would spur the development of alternative technologies.
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Reports: Obama Will Call For Southern Portion Of XL Pipeline To Be Expedited

Unlike the portion that runs across the northern border, this portion doesn't require State Department approval. The move is likely meant to blunt criticism that the president isn't doing enough to curb the price of oil.
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'Imagine' That: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace

Companies like 3M allow their employees to have an hour a day to do whatever they want: work on a side project or tinker with a hobby. In doing so, they're helping their employees become more creative — and increasing their productivity, says science writer Jonah Lehrer in his new book, Imagine.
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Fraud A Concern As Lawmakers Weigh 'Crowdfunding'

Congress is considering loosening restrictions on who can invest in companies before they go public. The change would allow people who don't have $1 million in the bank to invest in startups. Sounds great — shareholder democracy. But the rules could also create 21st-century boiler-rooms where dodgy deals are peddled in social media to unsophisticated investors.

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