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Salon’s ultimate book guide for 2013

Got gift certificates to spend? James McBride, Elizabeth Gilbert, Junot Diaz and many more have suggestions<p>Michele Filgate<p>December 26, 2013 12:45pm (UTC)<p>Salon reached out to a bunch of writers who had new books out this year to find out what their favorite book of the year was. We saw a lot of …

Three States In The US Are Contracting

The Philadelphia Fed has just released November data updating its monthly series of coincident indices for the 50 U.S. states.<p>The data, visualized in the map below, show that only three states are contracting: Alaska, Ohio, and Wyoming.<p>Here's what goes into the indices:<p>The coincident indexes …

Andreessen Horowitz On Why It's Betting On Drones, Bitcoin and 3D Printing

One of Silicon Valley’s best known venture capital firms, Andreessen Horowitz explains why it thinks drones, 3D printers, big data and Bitcoin will be even bigger in 2014, as well as why it’s never been easier to start a company.<p>Margit Wennmachers, a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz said the firm is …

The 50 Philanthropists Who Have Given Away The Most Money

When Centre College in Kentucky declared in July that it had received a $250 million donation from its former trustee chair, Houston entrepreneur Robert Brockman, via a trust created by his father, it garnered national headlines. As one of the largest-ever gifts to higher education, it would almost …

Cutoff in federal jobless aid looms Saturday

About 1.3 million jobless Americans are due to lose emergency benefits on Saturday when funds run out for a federal aid program.<p>Some 1.3 million Americans are set to lose their unemployment benefits Saturday, escalating a battle between proponents of smaller government and advocates for the jobless …

10-year Treasury closes at key 3% level

The 10-year Treasury note closed above the psychologically important 3% level Friday for the first time since July 2011 as investors price in a less-easy Federal Reserve and stronger economic growth.<p>NEW YORK — The 10-year U.S. government bond closed at the key 3.00% level on Friday for the first …

Gold Smuggling Spikes In India As Tax Meets Bridal Season

MUMBAI, India (AP) — With India's wedding season in full swing, the glass sales counters in Mumbai's famed Zhaveri gold bazaars are crowded with customers eyeing elaborate headpieces, nose rings and necklaces.<p>No one does jewelry quite like an Indian bride, who by tradition wears all the gold she …

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Ebay post-Christmas auction shines spotlight on unloved gifts

Listings for tablet computers shot up 25% on auction site eBay on Christmas Day, compared with the day before, as Brits moved quickly to offload unwanted presents.<p>The site had nearly 2,000 items listed under "unwanted Christmas gifts" on Friday morning as people in the UK found themselves with an …