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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.

More Last-Minute Cancellations Ahead for Flyers?

Holiday air travelers getting ready to head to the airports may want to prepare for long delays. But government fines for keeping you waiting too long may lead some airlines to just cancel some flights instead.

Labor Day Road Trip? Try These 10 Cheap Gas States

As you hit the road for your final road trip of the summer, consider driving to one of the 10 states with the lowest prices on gas. Turns out, those sunny states also offer bountiful vacation options for the budget-conscious family.

How to Tell When the Moving Man Is Really a Con Man

You may like the idea of a new house, but the process of moving is rarely fun for anyone. Still, an estimated 37 million Americans move each year, and a third will do so between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But moving can be more than a logistical hassle: It you're not careful, you could get bamboozled in a big way.

Airfare Bargains: How You Can Land One This Summer

Airfares are still on the rise, and the experts don't expect them to descend any time soon. But if you're flexible, sociable and Web-savvy, you could still land a bargain deal on a flight this summer.

Fly the Hungry Skies: Continental Drops Free Pretzels

The United-Continental merger was supposed to bring together the best of both carriers, but it doesn't always work that way. Continental is following United's lead and eliminating its free pretzels. But there are still a few options for flyers seeking free munchies -- and some of them are mighty tasty.

Nearly One in Three Young Adults Texts While Driving

A new study has found an alarming number of young drivers still text while driving: 63% of drivers under the age of 30 reported using a handheld phone while driving in the past 30 days, and 30% of them texted while driving during the same period.

First Ever U.S. Fuel-Efficiency Plans for Trucks

Future longhaul trucks, school buses and large pickup trucks will be required to cut fuel consumption and emissions by 10 to 20 percent under first-ever fuel efficiency plans for trucks released Monday by the Obama administration.

New Rules to Benefit Air Passengers

New consumer protection rules for the airline industry boost penalties significantly for bumping passengers off flights. The changes also aim to take some of the guesswork out of a ticket's final price.

Is 'Cash for Clunkers' Gearing Up Again?

At the auto show in Detroit, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood "Cash for Clunkers" as "the most wildly successful program ever." The remarks suggest the guzzler trade-in program may not have driven into the sunset. But with a majority of Americans opposing it, a retread may not be the best idea.