Personal finance

FILE - This file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (Dylan Entelis/NerdWallet via AP, File)
December 26, 2016 - 7:30 am
Let's face the grim truth: Those 10 pounds you want to lose will likely be among your New Year's resolutions next year, too. If you really want a sense of accomplishment, take care of money tasks that don't require ongoing discipline and that you typically don't have to repeat every year. Some of...
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FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system in 2017, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 26, 2016 - 2:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation's tax system, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy people with...
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December 25, 2016 - 4:43 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's annual holiday vacation in Hawaii (all times local): 12:40 p.m. President Barack Obama will spend Christmas afternoon visiting with U.S. Marines and their families. The White House says the president and first lady Michelle Obama will visit...
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FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system in 2017, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 24, 2016 - 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Maddy, left, and her friend Maggie, sit with their shopping bags at Union Square in San Francisco. The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent. The shift is in part because people are spreading out their shopping all year, demanding big discounts and spending more on events rather than more stuff. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 24, 2016 - 10:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe it'll keep dropping. Those extra percentage...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Maddy, left, and her friend Maggie, sit with their shopping bags at Union Square in San Francisco. The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent. The shift is in part because people are spreading out their shopping all year, demanding big discounts and spending more on events rather than more stuff. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
December 24, 2016 - 9:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe it'll keep dropping. Those extra percentage...
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FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system in 2017, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
December 24, 2016 - 7:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy...
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President-elect Donald Trump waves to members of the media after a meeting with admirals and generals from the Pentagon at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 22, 2016 - 3:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats are trying to put the brakes on President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks, insisting on extensive financial information on some of the wealthiest Americans before moving forward on nominations. Frustrated by the slow response of billionaires and...
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President-elect Donald Trump waves to members of the media after a meeting with admirals and generals from the Pentagon at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 22, 2016 - 2:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Less than a month from taking office, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to hold the traditional news conference that most incoming presidents have held within days of their victory. As of Thursday, it had...
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December 22, 2016 - 12:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers for three families say Ikea is agreeing to pay $50 million because toddlers died when the company's dressers tipped over on them. The Swedish home furnishings retailer has recalled millions of chests and dressers because of concerns the furniture can tip over when the...
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