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Apple Named America’s Most Profitable Retailer, But Which Company Took Second? — Dollars and Sense

In news that would make Steve Jobs proud, Apple has been named America’s most profitable retailer, beating out other powerhouses like Tiffany & Co., GameStop and Select Comfort.

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Nearly Half of All Americans Pay No Income Taxes

It's true.  This year’s Index of Dependence on Government shows some startling findings about the increasing numbers of Americans who rely on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance, but pay no income taxes.

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Report: Hillary Wants to Run World Bank

The current head of the World Bank is expected to step down sometime this year, and you may or may not be surprised to know that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reportedly lobbying for the prestigious and powerful job.

But, whether she is or isn't pursuing the job depends upon whom you ask.

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End of an Era – Temple-Inland is Sold to IP

It's official. International Paper has bought out Temple-Inland, and that's not all.  IP is already planning to sell off all Temple-Inland facilities. This has everybody in this corner of Texas wondering what's going to happen now.

Will new owners shut everything down and turn Diboll into just one more desolate wide spot on Hwy 59?  No one knows.

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via Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
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East Texas May Lose Historic Attraction

A long time east Texas attraction may have to close down because of cash flow problems.  If the popular Texas State Railroad can't get a cash infusion soon and find ways to make money 12 months a year, its managers say it will go out of business this week.

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“Occupy” Movement Won’t Go Away

With apologies to Mark Twain, it appears that reports of the demise of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement might be a bit premature.  "Occupy" was on life support and close to flat-lining just a few weeks ago, but it's now reported that "Occupy" organizers are regrouping and planning new offensives.

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Just How High Will Gas Prices Go in 2012? – Dollars and Sense

Remember the summer of 2008 when the highest gas prices on record occurred and the price for a gallon of fuel hit $4.11?

Hate to break this to yah, but a warm winter and tensions in the Middle East have some analysts predicting current prices will top $4 by this spring — and could even climb as high as $6.50.

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Valentine’s Day Spending Expected to Soar This Year

Americans shelled out more for holiday presents last year, and it looks like that trend will carry over to Valentine’s Day — analysts expect spending on gifts like flowers, candy, cards and jewelry to rise eight percent compared to numbers seen in 2011.

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