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Tax Benefits and Penalties of Marriage

The Supreme Court has struck down part of a law that denied benefits to same-sex couples who were married. The tax benefits of being married, however, are a mixed bag.

Retail Sales on Track for Lower Growth

After three consecutive years of 4%+ same-store sales growth in the month of February, the outlook for the month in 2013 calls for growth of 2.7%,...

Costco Dodges Economic Bullet

Costco Wholesale Corp.'s (NASDAQ: COST) annual sales run above $100 billion, more than twice J.C. Penney Co Inc.'s (NYSE: JCP) and Macy's Inc.'s...

Maple Syrup Heist Hikes Price of a Pancake Breakfast

If you're relaxing at home enjoying a pancake breakfast this New Year's morning, savor it while you can. The brazen theft, over the course of a year, of millions of gallons of maple syrup from Canada's strategic syrup reserve (yes, there apparently is such a thing), could spell higher prices for the "liquid gold" in 2013.

Would You Buy Birth Control Pills on Craigslist?

For sexually active women and men who use contraception, the cost of birth control ranges from $10 to $100 or more a month. That's not terribly high, but in tough economic times, the impact of that expense is magnified. We run down the options and the prices for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.