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Pieces on Earth: Christmas 2011 Saw Record Gun Sales

In the movie "A Christmas Story," Ralphie had his sights set on just one gift: a Red Ryder BB gun. But many Americans this season clearly had heavier arms on their minds: Background checks on gun buyers hit a single-month record in December.

How to Be a Savvy Tenant in a Landlord's Market

It's simple supply and demand: More people are looking to rent apartments than are buying homes and moving out of them. The result: Rising rents, fewer concessions, and more competition for good apartments. If you're in the rental market -- and more than a third of Americans are -- what can you do?

Landlord Landmines: Avoiding the Rental Pitfalls

The idea of making some extra income off your house may sound attractive to many homeowners -- until one starts considering what the costs will be in terms of lifestyle changes, loss of privacy, safety and potential financial liability. Our experts provide some sobering advice.

How to hire a private investigator

magnifying glassThe chances are good that you'll never need the services of a private investigator, but if you ever do, hiring a good one is essential to getting the...