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Major banks hit by rash of expert cyber attacks – Part 2

A spate of “denial of service” cyber attacks have frustrated the nation’s largest banks over the past week. But who is responsible for the attacks? Although one group is taking credit, there are many who doubt the trustworthiness of those boasts. Islamic group claims responsibility for cyber attacks An Islamic extremist group, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam
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Legal pot not jackpot for potheads

Marijuana aficionados may be rejoicing in Colorado and Washington, now that voters have passed state laws for legal pot. But experts say, tread with caution. For now, there is no guarantee that federal prosecutors still won’t crack down on users, growers and sellers. Legal pot laws pass Tuesday, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64. A similar
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Apple Maps flaw strands motorists in Australia

Travelers getting their directions from the new Apple iOS 6 Maps may be doing so at their own risk. The police in Victoria, Australia are warning that those bound for the town of Mildura would be wise to buy a map or to use a different app. They say Apple Maps has it so wrong,
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Bill Clinton does about-face on Doma, and good on him

Former President Bill Clinton is appealing to the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which he signed into law, essentially barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages by defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Flip-flopping on Doma? As the Supreme Court prepares to take another look at
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How to cancel your student loan and avoid interest

All aboard for the next U.S. financial crisis! Student loan debt is being called the next great bubble, and experts claim the continued rising cost of higher education will set that bubble to burst as borrowers who cannot keep up with payments lapse into default. For those who receive student loans but wish to leap
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Be careful of mystery shopper jobs

Getting paid for shopping may sound like a dream job to many. However, job seekers have to be careful. Often, the ads for these jobs are actually come-ons for phony check scams that could wind up costing you big. Even when they are legitimate, these jobs often take so much leg work and pay so
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Some well-paying part-time jobs

According to AOL Jobs, some 8 million Americans live off part-time jobs. With unemployment still over 8 percent, landing a full-time job can often be daunting. Many consumers are juggling more than one part-time position to make ends meet. Below are some part-time jobs that pay decently. Not all jobs pay alike First, let it
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Paycheck Fairness Act an empty gesture to struggling middle class

The Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked by a Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate this week. The Paycheck Fairness Act was a measure aimed at enforcing equal pay for women in the workplace. But data shows that while men make more than women on average, wages for men are declining faster than for women and
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Christmas Price Index rising faster than the cost of living

In spite of relatively slow inflation, the cost of buying all the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has risen by more than six percent this year, according to the PNC Financial Services Group’s Christmas Price Index. Highest ever Christmas Price Index Each year PNC adds the current costs of all the gift items
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VA swamped in backlog of claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs, a.k.a. the VA, is swamped with a growing backlog of claims, a recent probe found. As a result, many veterans are waiting a year or more to receive the benefits they earned in the service of their country. VA backlog grows 2,000 percent in four years According to a new
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LA chapter expelled from the Better Business Bureau

It is getting very difficult to know who consumers can trust anymore. The Better Business Bureau has, for the last century, been held up as the one bastion of integrity consumers can turn to for the real scoop on businesses. Now, however, the Southern California chapter has been stripped of its BBB status for its
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Never give up on your Peeps

Colored eggs and chocolate bunnies be damned, for many, no treats say Easter quite like the chick-shaped marshmallow confections knows as Peeps. This Easter, the pop-culture holiday sensation will be 60 years old, with no intention of retiring. Power to the Peeps! Just Born Inc. has been making Peeps since 1953. And while growth has
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Secret menu items hiding at fast food franchises

Are you tired of the same old Big Mac for lunch? Why not try a Monster Mac, featuring eight all-beef patties? Don’t remember seeing it on the menu? That’s because it isn’t! It is one of the many hidden or secret menu items available at your favorite fast food chains. You only have to know
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Survey: most would trade privacy for lower auto insurance

More coveted, apparently, than a Klondike bar, a new survey illuminates the things some people would do for a discount on their auto insurance. You might be surprised the lengths to which some would be willing to go to lower their rates. I saved on auto insurance by switching to Big Brother In this time
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Community college graduates out-earning those with BAs

Educators, parents and politicians alike keep telling us to get that sheepskin, that a middle-class income is not obtainable without at least a bachelor’s degree. Yet, according to new research, more and more community college graduates are out-earning those with fancy schmancy bachelor’s degrees. Community college graduates surge ahead A new study by Georgetown University’s
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Horse meat scandal has sentimental underpinnings

Several reports of horse meat in products sold as beef has sparked a red hot controversy in the European Union. The practice is fraud, as food packagers try to cut corners with the less-expensive horse flesh. The problem no doubt needs to be addressed. But is the controversy so heated simply because of consumer duping?