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Study: States May Have Trouble Paying Retirees

A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that the gap between states' assets and how much they'll owe retirees in pensions and health care is growing. According to the most recent numbers for fiscal year 2010, that gap grew 9 percent from the previous year to almost $1.4 trillion.
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Why Your 401(k) May Be Worth Less Than You Think

When you glimpse at your 401(k) statement come Thanksgiving, you may be in for a shock. Plan providers will have to reveal the hidden fees they've charged participants, and the difference in your retirement savings can be dramatic.
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Bidders Get Feisty Over Foreclosed Homes

The inventory of homes for sale in California is low, even in areas with high foreclosure rates. That's made any available home enticing to buyers. But with so few houses for sale, bidding wars have returned. In many cases, investors are squeezing out the families trying to buy.
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Why It's Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License

Licensing rules are supposed to protect the public. But they also raise prices and make it harder for people to find work.
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When 'Madagascar' Meets Children's Claritin

An advocacy group has complained to the Federal Trade Commission that Merck is improperly marketing the allergy remedy Claritin to kids. At issue are tie-ins with the movie Madagascar 3.

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