Some farming communities are struggling to find enough contestants for the pageants that crown monarchs like the Asparagus Queen and Beef Queen. So they are relaxing the pageant rules to spice up the competition.
Fraudsters know that small credit transactions often go unnoticed. That's made it easy for a widespread scam involving unauthorized charges of $9.84 to fly under the radar. Complaints started coming in about the scam soon after a massive data breach in November, but analysts say it goes back months.
Jacob Lew says the limit on borrowing needs to be raised before the end of the month. Otherwise, he warns, the federal government risks defaulting on its debts — and Lew says that could cause serious damage to the economy.
Some of the priciest markets for insurance include rural counties in Georgia and the areas around ski resorts in Colorado. While many people in these places will receive government subsidies to help pay for premiums, the portion that they pay will still be higher than what they would have to foot elsewhere.
Almost half of American households live with little to no savings. President Obama has a new plan to fix that — the "myRA" savings account. Host Michel Martin talks about the plan with TIME magazine's Rana Foroohar and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.
Free media is when you get exposure that's better than advertising. The company sent out some tweets during the Super Bowl but there were a lot of typos. The mistakes gained national attention. The company said it had been tweeting while wearing mittens — products Penney was promoting.
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