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Guy Swipes $150K That ATM Workers Left on Curb

Whoops.

(Newser) - The cash might have been sitting right there for the taking, but cops are now looking for the man who yesterday swiped a bag filled with $150,000 from a curb in Mahwah, NJ, the AP reports. Police don't know who took the money yet, but they do know... More »

Death of Eccentric Brother Sparks $1M Scavenger Hunt

Louis Passerini died alone in New York City 21 years ago

(Newser) - A New York City eccentric left behind nearly $1 million scattered around the country when he died—triggering a scavenger hunt and in-fighting among his surviving family members, DNA Info reports. "He was very private," says Joseph Passerini of his brother, Louis, who lived alone and died 21... More »

How $220K Turned Up in a Tree

Money is linked to rumored bad marriage and a home fire

(Newser) - Money doesn’t fall from the sky, but a tree in Germany made it rain on passersby last week. A bag of money containing €200,000, or roughly $220,000, was hung in a tree in a campsite near the northern town of Mirow, the Local reports. Police say... More »

5 States Where Your $100 Goes Furthest

And 5 where it goes fastest

(Newser) - The Tax Foundation has crunched the numbers on what $100 is really worth in different parts of the country, and those who want the most bang for their buck should head to Mississippi and avoid DC, notes Forbes . Here are the five states where $100 is worth the most:
  1. Mississippi,
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30% of Americans Have Zero Savings

Household income hasn't kept pace with home prices and stocks bouncing back

(Newser) - The good news: American financial security jumped 3% this month. The not-so-good news: Three out of 10 of us have nothing saved for a rainy day. This according to Bankrate's June survey , which found that 29% of 1,000 US adults don't have readily available funds in checking,... More »

Kid Swiped Grandpa's $25K, Began Giving Out $100 Bills

Cops have recovered about $7K so far

(Newser) - Police in Ohio say a middle school student took $25,000 from his grandfather and later started handing out $100 bills to his classmates. Authorities say the 13-year-old gave out thousands of dollars this week before school officials discovered what was happening. Investigators in the northeastern Ohio city of Medina... More »

The 4 Women Who Could Grace the $20 Bill

Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Wilma Mankiller

(Newser) - And then there were four: Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Wilma Mankiller have been named as the finalists for the Women on 20s campaign to replace Andrew Jackson with a female on the $20 bill . Over five weeks, more than 250,000 people voted in an online poll... More »

Group's Goal: Put Woman on the $20 Bill

Roosevelt one of 15 candidates a women's group hopes will replace Andrew Jackson

(Newser) - Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Clara Barton—they were all activists who changed the American landscape, and they all deserve to be on the $20 bill way more than the guy who's currently there. That's the stance of Women On 20s , a campaign vying to tear Andrew Jackson's... More »

Jeb Bush's Wife: Very Low-Key, Lavish Taste

Columba Bush loves charity work, needlepoint, and expensive jewelry: reports

(Newser) - In 1989, the wife of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told the Miami Herald, "I'm not a political person. At home, we're a common, ordinary couple," per the New York Times . By most accounts, Columba Bush is deeply private, painting and doing needlepoint, eating plain fare... More »

Blind Boy's Campaign Changing Australia's Cash

Nation will add tactile features so bills can be told apart

(Newser) - Australia is redesigning its cash and adding a tactile feature so blind people can tell the bills apart. And as the nation's ABC News reports, the pending change is largely thanks to a 13-year-old kid named Connor McLeod. He launched a campaign and online petition that gained steam and... More »

80 Monopoly Sets Made With Real Money Inside

They're among 30K new sets printed in France

(Newser) - It's been 80 years since Monopoly first made its way to France, and to celebrate, manufacturers are hiding 80 games with real money in a new printing of 30,000 sets. While 69 of the 80 will have five 10-euro notes and five 20-euro notes, and another 10 will... More »

By Next Year, Richest 1% to Own More Than Other 99%

Oxfam calls for 7-point plan to address inequality

(Newser) - The rich really are getting richer—and by 2016, they'll own more than the rest of the world, says a research paper published by anti-poverty charity Oxfam. The paper shows that global wealth owned by the richest 1% jumped from 44% in 2009 to 48% in 2014, putting this... More »

Lottery Luck Strikes Twice for Maryland Truck Driver

39-year-old dad won $250K in 2005

(Newser) - A Maryland truck driver has won his second lottery in a decade. The 39-year-old—who has remained anonymous—claimed his $2.85 million Multi-Match winnings on Saturday, the Baltimore Sun reports. "It's great to be back," he said. The man apparently pops into stores along his route... More »

This New Year, Figure Out What You're Worth

Michelle Singletary: Your net worth might not be as great as you think it is

(Newser) - The economy is chugging right along , interest is cheap, jobs are there for the taking, and Americans ... have apparently learned nothing from 2008, because with a new year looming, a pair of surveys shows that only about one in three of us are setting financial objectives. And while losing 10... More »

Hong Kong Money Van Spills $4.5M

Police implore people who stopped to scoop up cash to return it

(Newser) - "They looked like schoolkids who knew they were being naughty" is how one witness described the scene on a Hong Kong roadway to the South China Morning Post . What those dozens of people were doing: scooping up cash scattered in the street after a security van transporting what may... More »

$100K Found at California Burger King

In a blue backpack, along with a few other items

(Newser) - It may be Thanksgiving week, but for a moment, Altaf Chaus also thought it might be his birthday. An employee at the Burger King he owns called him after finding a blue backpack left in a booth for hours. What happened next: "I open the zipper, I see lots... More »

Most Alaskans to Get $1.9K Just for Living There

This year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check is a good one

(Newser) - It's good to be an Alaskan: Gov. Sean Parnell yesterday announced residents will pocket $1,884 by way of this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, the Alaska Dispatch reports. That's a nice bump from last year's $900 payout and the third largest since the payments from... More »

FEMA Wants Homeowners to Repay $5.8M in Sandy Aid

Overpayments likely a result of bureaucratic mistakes, not fraud

(Newser) - After Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast nearly two years ago, the federal government quickly sent out $1.4 billion in emergency disaster aid to the hurricane's victims. Now, thousands of people might have to pay back their share. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is scrutinizing about 4,500... More »

Govt. to Family: 'Dead' Dad Actually Alive, So Pay Up

Donald Miller disappeared in 1980s, was declared dead, returned last year

(Newser) - Though very much alive, Donald Miller Jr. is still legally a dead man ... and yet now his daughters are being hit up for $47,000 in Social Security benefits they received as teens because of his death, the AP reports. It all started when Miller, a jobless alcoholic at the... More »

31% of Americans Have No Savings for Retirement

That includes 1 in 5 who are near retirement age

(Newser) - Here's a scary stat for you, spotted by the Washington Post : About 1 in 5 people nearing retirement have no money for retirement. It comes from a newly released survey by the Federal Reserve of about 4,100 Americans. In total, 31% had saved no money for retirement, though... More »

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