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'Rum Cliff' And Other Close Shaves In The Tax, Spending Deal

An electric scooter incentive and a credit to Hollywood to encourage U.S.-based movie and television productions are among some of the more obscure breaks in the fiscal cliff deal.
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Economists See (OK-ish) Growth In 2013

Now that Congress has removed some of the uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff," most forecasters are saying the U.S. economy will expand by about 2 percent in the new year. That's a sluggish pace, but strong enough to keep lowering unemployment and boosting housing. Prospects for aircraft makers and farmers are also looking promising, helped by exports.
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FTC Offers $50,000 Reward To Help Stop Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission receives more than 200,000 complaints a month about phone solicitations offering everything from lower credit card interest rates to new products. The commission is offering $50,000 to whoever can come up with a way to block them.
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Butterfinger Celebrates 90ish Birthday

The peanut butter and chocolate candy bar has designated 2013 as its 90-ish birthday. While there's a trademark document that dates back to 1928, officials believe the candy bar was first promoted in 1923. The Curtiss Candy Company, which was based in Chicago, made Butterfinger and also the Baby Ruth candy bar. They're both now made by Nestle.
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House Approves 'Fiscal Cliff' Measure

The House has followed the Senate, and passed a bipartisan compromise that permanently prevents tax rates from rising on household income below $450,000. It also puts deep spending cuts on hold until March. At the White House, President Obama hailed its passage.
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Immigrant Investor Program Succeeds In Vermont

A development project in a remote area of Northeast Vermont is one of the largest in the country to bring in funds using the federal EB-5 immigrant investor program. It allows qualified foreigners who invest $500,000, and create at least 10 American jobs, to get green cards
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Oil Drilling Rig Runs Aground In Alaska

An oil drilling rig holding more than 150,000 gallons of diesel, lubricating oil and hydraulic fluid has run aground near Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, after it was being towed during a storm. The crew was evacuated before the rig was incapacitated.
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Congress Extends Earned Income Tax Credit

The 'fiscal cliff' deal passed by both houses of Congress provides a five-year extension of the earned income tax credit — an important one for lower income families. It also extended the child tax credit.

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