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IMF Lowers 2013 Economic Growth Forecasts

The International Monetary Fund has lowered its projections for global economic growth, including in the United States, citing sharp cuts in government spending and the struggling eurozone.

Housing Starts Surged In March; Pace Is Fastest In 5 Years

The news is another sign that the housing sector's recovery continues. Also Tuesday, there was word that consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in March. The decline was led by a 4.4 percent plunge in gas prices.

Lower Gold Prices Capture Trading Spotlight On Monday

Gold prices dropped by more than 9 percent by the end of trading. That is the sharpest daily decline in the gold price in 30 years. Analysts say it suggests investors are losing faith in the precious metal as a safe haven.

Winners Celebrate After Pulitzer Prize Announcements

The Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday. The New York Times led the way — taking for awards four reporting.

Bankruptcy Affects More Than Patriot Coal's Retired Miners

Retired miners are converging on St. Louis Tuesday for a union rally to protest a proposed cut in health benefits. Patriot Coal is in bankruptcy and has asked a federal judge to allow it to shed most of the health coverage for nearly 10,000 retired miners. But most of those miners never worked a day for Patriot.

Most People Are Supposed To Pay This Tax. Almost Nobody Actually Pays It.

It's called a use tax. As far as I can tell, accountants and tax lawyers are some of the only people who pay it.