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Are Federal Prisoners Taking Jobs From Law-Abiding Citizens?

There are currently thousands of inmates employed, at extremely low wages, in federal prisons all across the country manufacturing a myriad of products to be sold strictly to government agencies. Yet, while some argue that paying convicted felons to work in these factories is a good way of teaching them skills that can be used in civil society, others say that it takes jobs away from upstanding citizens at a time of economic difficulty.

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Holiday shoppers ready to spend
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Good News for the Economy: Consumers Ready to Spend This Holiday Season — Dollars and Sense

Holiday spending is expected to increase this year, as a new report indicates that more Americans are finally seeing a little reprieve from the last four years of economic anxiety.

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Turkeys
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Thanksgiving Turkeys Will Be Cheaper Than Expected This Year — Dollars and Sense

The price of turkey is going to be cheaper than expected this year, largely because many retailers were able to lock in the cost of the birds before the summer’s drought sent feed prices way, way up.

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700 to Lose Jobs Throughout New England at Shaw’s Supermarkets

Shaw’s Supermarkets announced today that they will lay off about 700 employees throughout New England. The grocery store chain did not reveal how many of those layoffs would take place at the 22 stores in Maine. About 90 affected employees have already been informed and the rest will be told during the next several days.

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The Time Is Now for Getting Sweet Deals on Popular Cars — Dollars and Sense

It is that time of year again, the time of year when auto dealers are desperately trying to rid themselves of the previous year’s models still taking up space on their lots so that they can make room for the new and improved editions on their way in from the manufacturers.

This, of course, benefits the consumer because there is a lot more room to “move and shake” with dealers in hopes of getting a sweet deal on a new ride. However, not every discounted model from the previous year is a good buy.

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CPR
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Race, Economic Status Affect Whether You’ll Receive Emergency CPR

White Americans with a few bucks in their pockets have a better chance of getting their lives saved by CPR than minorities on the wrong side of the poverty line, according to new research.

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Sadly, People Would Rather Tweet Stuff Than Have Sex With Each Other

Facebook and email are more seductive than the erotic allure of your partner, according to a new study. Researchers have found that it is easier for a person to turn down sex than it is to keep from checking his messages.

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Tips on How to Avoid Going Broke This Holiday Season — Dollars and Sense

The season of giving could lead to a year of financial distress, as a recent survey indicates that holiday generosity is making more Americans bro-ho-ho-ho-ke by the beginning of the new year.

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Money
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Higher Taxes and Higher Prices Are Coming in 2013 — Dollars and Sense

Regardless of the American economy’s checkered enthusiasm, it appears as if consumers are currently aboard the fast track to higher taxes and rising prices on things like health care and grocery items scheduled to come around at the turn of the new year.

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Halloween masks
Scott Olson

How Much Are You Planning to Spend on Halloween? — Survey of the Day

According to a new survey from National Retail Federation, about seven in 10 plan on celebrating Halloween this year. Since revelry isn't always free, the next question the NRF polled is how much celebrants plan on spending on the holiday this year.

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