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  • Tax Day freebies range from snacks to sex toys

    April 13, 2013 10:05 AM 92

    Many consumers hate Tax Day, so marketers can come off as heroes when they offer freebies or deals to help folks deal with the stress. Tax Day isn't just a pain in the wallet. It also sucks up gobs of time and emotions. Which explains why so many marketers are embracing it as a day when they can play the hero with acts of kindness — such as handing out freebies

  • Washington’s Totally Terrible Corporate Tax Debate

    April 13, 2013 9:11 AM 104

    Congressional Republicans have reacted in one of two ways to the budget President Obama released this week. The first, exhibited by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is to blast it as a "shocking attack on seniors." The other – adopted by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. – is to attempt to bank the more conservative

  • Divisive Energy Change Advances In Colorado

    April 13, 2013 2:42 AM 108

    DENVER (AP) – A Democratic plan to require rural electricity co-ops to use more renewable energy sources has advanced in the Senate despite vigorous opposition from Republicans. The bill that won preliminary approval Friday night would require cooperative electric associations to get 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020, up from 10 percent

  • Columbia gas prices the lowest in the nation, could drop more

    April 13, 2013 2:04 AM 121

    COLUMBIA, SC — Expect smooth sailing this summer at the gas pump – at least compared to last year. At $3.33 a gallon Friday, prices for regular gas in Columbia have fallen 20 cents a gallon in the past month and are 40 cents below where they were a year ago, according to AAA. Prices will be “much easier on the wallet than last summer,” said Patrick DeHaan

  • - Where Wall Street Wizards Share Their Trade

    April 12, 2013 10:42 PM 111

    The stock market indices had another test today and passed with flying colors. In the early morning they dipped, and dipped hard, taking out near-term support, but not the key levels that we were looking for at 2838 Nasdaq 100, and near 1570-75 on the S&P 500. In fact, they didn‘t even get close to it. A few points, perhaps, but they rallied back strongly

  • CBS CEO Leslie Moonves' 2012 pay package valued at $62.2 million

    April 12, 2013 9:30 PM 137

    Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS, had a 2012 compensation package valued at $62.2 million, according to the company's proxy statement filed Friday. Although that makes Moonves the highest-compensated media chief executive, it is also a decline from 2011, when his pay package was worth almost $70 million. Moonves had a base salary of $3.5 million and received

  • Raj Chetty was just named the best American economist under 40. Here’s why.

    April 12, 2013 8:11 PM 107

    Posted by Dylan Matthews on April 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm Raj Chetty has been named the 2013 winner of the John Bates Clark Medal, which the American Economic Association awards annually to an “American economist under the age of forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” Chetty is only 33, making him an unusually

  • Volunteers needed for national hunger study

    April 12, 2013 7:20 PM 113

    Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is participating in Hunger in America 2014, an in-depth survey of food insecurity conducted once every four years. Food banks around the country will interview their clients in order to assess the severity of hunger throughout the country. Feeding America West Michigan is looking to recruit volunteers from the community

  • Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein pay fell to $13.3 million last year

    April 12, 2013 6:50 PM 115

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein received $13.3 million in compensation last year, an 18 percent drop from his pay in 2011, according to a securities filing on Friday. Blankfein, 58, received the same $2 million base salary and a higher cash bonus, but roughly half the dollar amount of stock awards he had received

  • Uber to Introduce Ride Sharing Services, But Maybe Not in D.C.

    April 12, 2013 6:42 PM 122

    District residents got a new transportation option last month when SideCar, a company with a smartphone app that connects users with strangers willing to offer them seats in their cars—a practice also known as carpooling—entered the D.C. market. When SideCar launched here, it left local regulators scratching their heads a bit, but the D.C. Taxicab Commission