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$102M in Donations, but Not a Penny From Trump Himself

Lots of rounds of golf and other giveaways, though: 'Washington Post' analysis

(Newser) - Last year, Donald Trump's campaign gave the AP a 93-page list it claimed documented $102 million that he's donated to charity over the past five years. The AP didn't print the list—though it published a story deeming Trump's philanthropy "elusive"—but it's... More »

US-Led Airstrike Wipes Out ISIS Cash

Bombing in Mosul destroys 'millions,' says Pentagon

(Newser) - In what CNN frames as an "extremely unusual" move, a US airstrike on Sunday reportedly destroyed a massive amount of money at an ISIS storage facility in Mosul, Iraq. It's "probably" the biggest strike against the militant group's cash sites to date, a Pentagon official tells... More »

Mom Finds $9K Meant for ISIS in Son's Dirty Shorts: Prosecutor

Aussie youth to testify against 2 men allegedly trying to transfer money to militants

(Newser) - In a case that had even the judge and prosecutor making money-laundering puns, a young Australian has been granted immunity for testifying against two men allegedly trying to send money to ISIS, the Guardian reports. The unnamed youth's role in the suspected crime: At the supposed directive of 23-year-old... More »

One Country Is Rapidly on Its Way to Losing Its Cash

Sweden is on track thanks to its adoption of IT and toughness on crime

(Newser) - There have been discussions of all financial transactions going digital for years, but only recently has it started to look like an eventual reality. Though CNN Money reported in June that Denmark looked to be closest to becoming cashless, alongside Sweden and Norway, researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of... 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 »

Flying Cash Shuts Down Maryland Interstate

Armored car's door burst open, and drivers behind it got what they could

(Newser) - Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway this morning after an armored truck's door burst open. Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seems to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open. A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana, and the... More »

Man Returns $125K So Grandkids Will Be Proud

Police officer says Joe Cornell is one in a million

(Newser) - Joe Cornell was volunteering on Tuesday at a Salvation Army in Fresno where he attends a rehab program when he noticed something a bit odd. A car had pulled up beside a Brinks truck that was stopped at a light and someone inside said something to its driver. Yet the... More »

Cash-Stuffed Envelopes Hit a 4th City

Anonymous millionaire moves on to Burbank, Calif.

(Newser) - Cash-stuffed envelopes first appeared in San Fransisco , then San Jose and Los Angeles . Now, an anonymous millionaire operating the Twitter account @HiddenCash has shared his wealth with Burbank, Calif. KTLA reports a man and a coworker were lucky enough to find $135 near the huge Empire Center after a clue... More »

Cash-Stuffed Envelopes Being Hidden Beyond SF

San Jose, LA share the wealth

(Newser) - The trail of cash has made its way beyond San Francisco. The anonymous millionaire who last week began stashing envelopes of dough around the City by the Bay showered San Jose with cash for a single day, with five drops in the city yesterday, the Mercury News reports. While revealing... More »

Envelopes of Cash Being Hidden Around SF

Real estate millionaire says LA is next

(Newser) - Someone who has made a lot of money in the San Francisco real estate market is giving some of it back—in $20 and $100 bills stuffed in envelopes hidden around the city. All that's known about the anonymous millionaire, who uses the Twitter handle @HiddenCash : He's between... More »

Golden Gate Bridge Losing Human Toll-Takers

Cash will no longer be accepted at end of March

(Newser) - The Golden Gate Bridge is going to feel a little less human starting late next month. The bridge is shifting to an all-electronic toll system, which means the elimination of 32 toll-taker positions, reports the San Jose Mercury News . Drivers who currently pay cash are being encouraged to join the... More »

Couple Gives Waiter $5K Tip

Houston server's car had been destroyed in storm

(Newser) - An antidote to all those stories about terrible tippers : A waiter at a Houston restaurant just pulled in one for $5,000. Two of his regulars, a married couple, finished their meal and handed Greg Rubar the wad of cash, reports local station KHOU . Rubar says the couple had heard... More »

Woman Arrested After Picking Up Dropped Cash

She kept $2,300 after it fell out of another customer's pocket

(Newser) - Finder, keepers does not apply here. Police nabbed a Philadelphia woman who picked up $2,300 in cash off the floor in a convenience store and kept it. The problem, police say, is that she knew it fell out of the pocket of the customer in front of her and... More »

What to Do With $100B Cash? Apple Likely to Say Today

Analysts suspect Apple might announce dividend program this morning

(Newser) - Facing increasing investor pressure over its incredible $100 billion pile of cash, could Apple finally be ready to issue some dividends? No one knows for sure. But Apple has announced a conference call this morning, before the markets open, to talk about "the outcome of the company’s discussions... More »

Cafe Customer Leaves $1M Stuffed in Suitcase

Aussie cops have some questions

(Newser) - Sydney police don't know why a man left a suitcase stuffed with cash in an upscale cafe—but they're pretty sure it wasn't a tip. The customer at Caffe Marco ordered a coffee but walked out after spending less than five minutes in the eatery, and left... More »

Planeloads of Cash Sent to Iraq Possibly Stolen

Missing $6.6B could be 'largest theft of funds in national history'

(Newser) - The US still doesn’t know what happened to billions in cash it sent to Iraq to pay for reconstruction. Some $6.6 billion of the $12 billion it delivered remains missing—and for the first time, some officials say it could have been stolen. It may be “the... More »

Feds Quarantine $110B in Potentially Defective $100 Bills

New security features caused wide-scale printing problem

(Newser) - The new $100 bills were designed to thwart counterfeiters—but instead, the complex process required to create the high-tech bills has thwarted printers, resulting in $110 billion in currently unusable bills. The new hundreds, planned for roll-out in February, include a 3D security strip and color-shifting bell image—and producing... More »

To Help World's Poor, Hand Them Cash

Government 'cash-transfer' programs prove successful

(Newser) - It might seem counter-intuitive, but in some 45 countries across the globe, it’s working: Governments are handing cash to the poor to use at their own discretion, writes Christopher Werth in Newsweek . Some 110 million families are getting aid, and the World Bank has spent $5.5 billion on... More »

Flush With Cash, US Companies Buy Own Stock

Instead of, for example, hiring

(Newser) - American companies are sitting on record piles of cash right now, but instead of spending it to hire more workers or increase productivity, most are choosing to buy back huge quantities of their own stock, the Washington Post reports. This year firms have announced $273 billion in buybacks, more than... More »

Apple Won't Accept Cash for iPads

Only those with plastic need apply

(Newser) - A tale of woe from one would-be iPad owner in Palo Alto reveals a strange fact: Apple's stores won't accept cash for the device. A disabled woman on a fixed income learned about the sales policy after saving up her 600 bucks only to be turned away at the counter,... More »

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