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8 steps to a more productive you — By When we make resolutions, "be more productive" usually ranks a few levels below lose weight, get a raise and travel more. But if you switch it up and make it your No. 1 goal, you're more likely to actually achieve your aspirations.

7 Christmas carols that teach investment lessons — By When you and the family are belting out your favorite holiday songs around the piano this year, take a moment to think about the investment lessons behind them. OK, that may not be the merriest of ways to bring a family together during the holidays, but there are solid investing messages bustling within some of our oldest carols.

Your house may be haunted by its past — By Here's a jaw-dropper for many: Your home and auto insurance rates can be subject to events you may never have known occurred. Say there was a kitchen fire five years ago in the house you're buying now but the sales materials state only that the kitchen has been totally updated.

MarketWatch’s Farmer’s Almanac: Horrible weather just in time for the holidays — By The hustle and bustle of what's still considered the traditional liftoff to the frenzied holidays and shopping extravaganza could never be complete without the complement of a lousy weather forecast. Here it comes, just in time to help you chart your travel and shopping plans over the Thanksgiving weekend.

It’s Christmas for scammers: 6 ways to shop smart this holiday season — By Add this to your holiday-shopping headaches: retail breaches. "There's a really good chance the holidays and next year might be fairly eventful for data breaches," says Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at This season, like none before it, debit- and credit-card security is a real threat. The concern is genuine.

The best day to book Christmas travel is… — By If you haven't booked your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve holiday air travel yet, plan to do so this week or next, during what predicts will be the prime days for pricing, availability and seat choice. The absolute best day to book Christmas travel, says the online travel company powered by the legacy airlines, is Wednesday, Oct.

6 apps that can save your financial life — By When Ashley Bona graduated from college in 2011, she found herself with $75,000 in student loan debt and no easy method to keep four loan payments straight and timely. That was until she found an app for that.

Try these tricks to save money on car insurance — Did you know that at least four of the nation's largest insurers will give you a discount on your car insurance if your vehicle has daytime-running lights? That's one money-saving secret uncovered in its annual deep dive into discounts available from car-insurance plans. "People don't know this stuff," says Doug Whitehead, insurance analyst for

You have one day to get a deal at one of these luxury hotels — Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa The success of Cyber Monday has provided a springboard for another type of one-day flash sale, this one for luxury hoteliers: the Cyber Summer deal. On Saturday, June 21, the first official day of summer, a bevy of hotel properties in destinations known more as spring-break and convention destinations rather than summer vacation spots will offer discounts of as much as 70% off peak rates.

Why AT&T and Verizon aren’t hung up on land lines — At decade's end, the trusty land-line telephone could be nothing more than a memory. Telecom giants AT&T and Verizon Communications are lobbying states, one by one, to hang up the plain, old telephone system, what the industry now calls POTS - the copper-wired land-line phone system whose reliability and reach made the U.S.
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May 11, 2015

Race aside, Chgo 'hoods are still very ethnically segregated: Most Diverse Cities Are Often Most Segregated

May 11, 2015

They didn't do this when I was in HS: #Prom dresses can be 'registered' so same outfit isn't seen at same soiree

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On the vital importance of #news investigations! Cuomo Orders Emergency Measures to Protect Workers at Nail Salons

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