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Growing number of Americans are retiring outside the US
Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he passed away in 2012.
 
US Congress keeps struggling farmers going
U.S. farmers drained all available government agricultural loan money this past fiscal year to get through one of the worst agricultural downturns in recent years, but no one who qualifies for a farm loan will be denied in the next four months due to an unusual provision passed this month by Congress.
 
Venezuela took delivery Tuesday of its third load of new, bigger denomination banknotes, its central bank said, but there was no sign of them in circulation yet despite official promises and mounting public anxiety.
 
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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