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U.S. consumer confidence posted sharp gains in December, hitting its highest level in 15 years, according to survey data released Tuesday.
 
U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges Tuesday against three hackers who allegedly made US$4 million in illicit profits from insider trading of information pilfered from law firms advising on corporate mergers.
 
Venezuela's economic crisis pushed Cuba into recession in 2016 for the first time in years, President Raul Castro said Tuesday.
 
What to do with unwanted gift cards
Gift cards are a popular present at the holidays -- the National Retail Federation says more than half of consumers plan to give one this year.
 
US pipeline issue illustrates a problem for tribes
For hundreds of protesters, it was cause to cheer when the Obama administration this month declined to issue an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline's final segment. But that elation was dampened by the uncertainty of what comes next: a Donald Trump-led White House that might be far less attuned to issues affecting Native Americans.
 
Servers and dealers on the Las Vegas Strip say they're worried that as more foreign visitors hit the restaurants and casinos, they'll receive smaller tips because the tourists are coming from countries like China, where American-style, 20 percent gratuities are uncommon.
 
Assessing the GOP's tax system overhaul
Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation's tax system next year, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size.
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Monumental Tappan Zee project hits milestone
The concrete needed for New York's new, US$4 billion Tappan Zee Bridge, under construction over the Hudson River, would be enough to make a 1,500-mile sidewalk reaching all the way to Florida's Key West.
 
The United States is resuming a trade fight with the European Union over barriers to American beef exports.
 
Lauren Greutman's moment of truth dawned when she sneaked US$600 worth of clothes into her closet. She didn't want her husband to see what she had bought -- or to know that they were US$40,000 in debt.
 
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