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The Future of Corporate Megadeals After Amazon HQ2

As details of the huge tax incentives offered by many states to lure Amazon HQ2 became public, some residents of the rejects wondered if their states dodged a bullet.

How to Find Out If You Have a Warrant

Worried there might be a warrant out for your arrest? How can you find out for sure?

Why Gasoline Prices Vary From Station to Station

Gas stations line the streets of America. But their prices vary as much as the cars we have to fill up. What's the deal?

Does Paying People to Move to a State Work? No One Really Knows

Many Midwestern and New England states are hoping to attract more residents by offering cash, student loan forgiveness and other incentives. But surprisingly, no one has studied whether these programs are effective.

U.S. Farmers Eye Hemp as a New Cash Crop

Congress passed the new farm bill with a provision that will legalize hemp farming on an industrial scale. Could this be America's next gold rush?

7 Warning Signs of a Looming Recession

Good luck predicting the economic future; even the experts get it wrong. But there are sure warning signs to look for when a recession is ahead.

Why the U.S. Yield Curve Inversion Has Recession Watchers Worried

An inversion of the U.S. Treasury bond yield curve has predicted the last seven U.S. recessions — and it just flipped again.

5 Questions to Ask Before Donating to a Charity

How can you tell if a charity is actually effective? Is it better to give one big donation or several small ones? We look at some of the most-often asked questions about charity-giving.

How to Volunteer to Help Disabled Veterans

Four million veterans living in the United States are disabled, and many of those men and women need help in one way or another. So what can you do to donate your services to those in need?

Where's the Money Going When You 'Round Up for Charity' at the Cash Register?

Would you like to round up your purchase for charity? Those small donations are big money for nonprofits and the businesses that do the soliciting.

Pink Tax: 5 Things Women Are Forced to Pay More for Than Men

Razors. Shampoo. Even dry cleaning. Women pay more for these things every day. Simply because, well, they're women.

How Much Is $1 Trillion, Apple?

Apple's historic valuation had us wondering what $1 trillion is worth these days.

Who Wins and Loses in a Trade War?

Who takes the hit when the U.S. president levies tariffs on our trading partners?

CryptoKitties: The Future Is Meow

Why would anyone pay more than $100,000 for a cat that only exists in pixels? And what can these virtual kitties teach us about blockchain technology?

Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do

Think "all you can eat" means you get more than you paid for? As one restaurant expert put it, "The house always wins."

Cryptocurrencies: The Creation of AI, Aliens or Even the Antichrist?

Cryptocurrencies are likely here to stay. But who's really behind their creation and should we trust this new form of digital cash?

Bitcoin: High-tech Currency or Black-market Money?

Cryptocurrencies have been in the news a lot lately. How much do you know about the legitimacy of these 'invisible' currencies?

About Face: The U.S. Currency Portrait Quiz

Most bank notes and coins made in the U.S. feature famous people from American history. But we often use these bills without registering whose faces are actually on the notes. Can you guess without opening your wallet?

The True Story of Blood Diamonds

Diamonds weren't even very popular before the 1930s. And it wasn't until a savvy copywriter created an ad slogan that the stones became synonymous with love.

When Will We Reach the Tipping Point for Tipping?

Some U.S. restaurants' experiments with dropping tipping in favor of higher menu prices did not catch on with consumers. Is there a profit point when it would make sense to drop tipping?

Who Wins (and Loses) If U.S. Imposes Steel Tariffs?

President Donald Trump wants countries exporting steel and aluminum to the U.S. to pay steep tariffs. Could these tariffs spark a global trade war?

Tiny Houses Are Huge for Homeless

The tiny house movement is providing homes for people who need shelter.

Cash Bail Punishes Poor, But What's the Alternative?

The U.S.'s long-standing cash bail system produces two very different outcomes depending on how much money the defendant can scrape together.

You Can't Buy Anything for a Penny Anymore, Not Even a Penny

Even items with the word 'penny' in their name, like penny candy, cost more than a cent. What does a penny buy in America these days?

When Bitcoins Vanish, Can You Get Them Back?

Whether your account has been hacked or you've lost your private key code, do you have any recourse for recovering your lost bitcoin?

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