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Texas reportedly considering Fisher, Briles, Franklin, Strong

An update on their search names just four main candidates at this point, although others could enter the picture soon enough.<p>Texas has started to narrow their search for Mack Brown's successor, focusing particularly on Vanderbilt's James Franklin, Baylor's Art Briles, Florida State's Jimbo Fisher …

Drivers could enjoy cheaper gas prices in 2014, AAA says

Motorists driving in the U.S. in 2014 may enjoy some relief at the gas pump, shelling out about 5 cents less per gallon compared with this year, according to AAA.<p>Rising domestic crude oil production and increased refining capacity are helping insulate the U.S. from global disruptions in production, …

Mercedes-Benz Has The Inside Track For No. 1 U.S. Luxury Brand For 2013

Mercedes-Benz looks like it has the inside track to be the No. 1 luxury brand in the United States for 2013, beating its biggest rival, BMW.<p>We’ll find out on Friday, Jan. 3, when the companies are expected to announce sales results for December and for the year.<p>Should customers care? Yes, to the …

Congress Lets Dozens Of Tax Breaks Expire

If you use up all your rum on New Year's Eve and buy a replacement bottle in 2014, your purchase is going to be a little less rewarding for Puerto Rico.<p>A rum tax rebate program that sent nearly $200 million to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in 2013 will expire at midnight on Dec. 31. It's just …

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …

Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'

There's a drive-thru ATM in Charlotte, N.C., that looks pretty standard, but it has an extra function: a button that says "speak with teller."<p>The face of a woman wearing a headset sitting in front of a plain blue background flashes onto the ATM screen. "Good afternoon," she says. "Welcome to Bank …

One international bargain stock buyers shouldn’t ignore

The government is mired in a corruption scandal. There are riots in the streets. A brutal civil war is raging across the border and threatening to …

Stock Markets

The diet industry really needs you to lose weight this year

Today—the first day of the new year—is also probably the first day of your diet. Just know that whether you’re drinking protein or modeling meals after cavemen, someone is cashing in on everyone’s newfound resolve to lose weight. In the US alone, dieting is a $61 billion industry.<p>But it’s hardly …

Nutrition

Ka-Ching: Mobile Payments Predictions For 2014

There seems to be only one thing that matters in the tech world nowadays: mobile. It certainly has been the key for putting Twitter’s (TWTR) stock into the stratosphere. But mobile has also rejuvenated companies like Groupon (GRPN).<p>Yet what about mobile payments? Will this market go mainstream?<p>It …

Americans Are Unwanted Worldwide (At Least By Banks)

As 2014 dawns, it’s a different world for Americans. Although America is still admired, for banks around the globe, Americans bring a new taint. In Switzerland and many other countries, banks are scrambling to hand over U.S. account data to the IRS. Banks are first “asking” account holders, but not …