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Stock Futures Rise on Glimpse of U.S. Manufacturing Data

Stock futures headed higher Monday with investors getting a peek into the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector. The Commerce Department is expected to report that companies boosted orders for durable goods as 2012 came to a close.

U.S. Trade Gap Hit $48.7 Billion in November

The U.S. trade deficit expanded in November to its widest point in seven months, driven by a surge in imports that outpaced only modest growth in exports. The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade gap widened 15.8 percent to $48.7 billion in November from October.

The Weirdest Things Your Taxes Pay For

Sen. Tom Coburn has released his Wastebook 2012, a look at over $18 billion in projects that are bizarre and hard to justify. Admittedly, that's just a drop in the federal budget. But ... Thoreau-based video games? Robot squirrels?! Take a peek at our gallery of weird government expenditures.