Happy Dec. 12, 2012!

The world isn’t going to end today (that won’t possibly happen until 12/21/12). But it is the last time the month, day and year will all be the same number—at least until January 1, 2101. Consecutive date sequences are both magical and mystical for their rare occurrences and the hidden meaning of numbers. Find out what’s so special about the...

Budget Standoff Weighs on Holiday Shopping Season

The impasse in Congress over the “fiscal cliff” could be the Grinch that steals Christmas if it isn’t resolved soon. A record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites over the four-day Black Friday weekend, up 9 percent from last year, according to the National Retail Federation. They spent an average $423 this year, up 6 percent from last year,...

The Fiscal Cliff Explained

“Fiscal cliff” is the popular shorthand term used to describe the conundrum that the U.S. government will face at the end of 2012, when the terms of the Budget Control Act of 2011 are scheduled to go into effect. Among the laws set to change at midnight on December 31, 2012, are the end of last year’s temporary payroll tax cuts (resulting in a 2% tax...

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Hostess Liquidation

It’s official. Twinkies are toast, at least as far as being a Hostess product is concerned. Hostess Brands Inc on Wednesday won permission from a U.S. bankruptcy judge to  begin shutting down, and expressed optimism it will find new homes for many of  its iconic brands, which include Twinkies, Drake’s cakes and Wonder Bread. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge...

Trump Calls For Revolution Against Obama

You’ve probably noticed that Donald Trump is not afan of President Obama. But the reality TV star’s attitude turned from comically buffoonish to kind of worrying after the media started calling the election for Obama. “[Obama] lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!” Trump tweeted...