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Twins Born in 2013 and 2014

Two sets born in separate years last night and this morning

(Newser) - While you people were warbling "Auld Lang Syne" and swilling bubbly, two East Coast women were busily birthing babies that were among the last of 2013—and the first of 2014, reports ABC . In Washington, DC, Yaleni Santos Tohalino gave birth to daughter Lorraine Yaleni at 11:58pm; son... More »

Happy New Year: Minimum Wage Up in 10 States

But gap between states is increasing, too

(Newser) - The new year brings with it minimum wage increases—from as little as 10 cents to as much as 35 cents—in 10 states, helping almost one million workers, NPR reports. Nine of the hikes were part of automatic cost-of-living adjustments, but in Rhode Island, the wage was upped for... More »

Bad News: 2013 Will Suck

Alex Pareene not too hopeful about the year ahead

(Newser) - If you woke up energized by the promise of a new year, Alex Pareene is ready to burst your bubble. While he's quite pleased that the days of 2012 are dead and gone, he has no hope for a stellar 2013, at least when it comes to politics. He... More »

Thousands of New Laws in Effect, Some of Them Odd

If you live in Kentucky, don't even think about releasing a wild hog

(Newser) - While everyone fretted about the fiscal cliff , thousands of new state laws quietly took effect at midnight. The Christian Science Monitor , the Washington Post , and Mediaite run down a few notable ones, from the weird (feral hogs?) to the more conventional:
  • Caylee's Law: Legislation named after Caylee Anthony took
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Superstitious? Here Comes Whole Year Ending in 13

Fear of the number may date back to Jesus Christ

(Newser) - Now that the Mayan apocalypse didn't happen, has anyone noticed another harbinger of bad news—an entire year ending in the number "13"? The Wall Street Journal finds little evidence of Americans fretting, and takes a lighthearted stroll through the history of the superstition. Some say that... More »

NYE Brings Big First in Burma

No fiscal cliff worries in Asia-Pacific...

(Newser) - The looming fiscal cliff is putting a bit of a damper on New Year's Eve celebrations in the US, but not so in Asia, where many of the first countries to welcome the new year are enjoying buoyant economies and are planning huge celebrations. A sampling, per the AP... More »

Personal Finance Tips for 2013

Stop eating out, haggle with your cable company, and 'imagine you're dead'

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has some "smart money" tips on how to save in 2013:
  • Stop eating out: That $10 sandwich you ate for lunch today would have cost $2 if you made it at home. Unless you earn $96 an hour after taxes, then you should think about
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