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  • Wal-Mart offers bank account alternative with American Express

    Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, has been adding financial products for people who don't have bank accounts. Now it's targeting those who do.
    A prepaid debit card called Bluebird, created through a partnership with American Express, will be available in more than 4,000 U.S. Wal-Mart stores and online next week, the Bentonville, Ark.-based company said Monday in a statement.

    October 9, 2012

  • image_preview.cgi.jpg Roger Moore's Bond had serious fun

    "I never do this," David Horowitz, a public relations executive for ABC, said as he picked up British actor Roger Moore at Kennedy Airport. "Can I have your autograph for my son?" It was 1986, and Moore was in New York City to do some publicity for the network. A year earlier, he had starred, at age 58, in "A View to a Kill."

    October 8, 2012 1 Photo

  • Study: Politically outspoken celebrities will see likability ratings fall


    In this presidential election season, when celebrities endorse candidates while talking to empty chairs, engage in political debates on Twitter and encourage the rest of us to vote via cleverly edited YouTube clips, a new university study suggests that, perhaps, they might all be better off keeping their mouths shut.

    October 8, 2012

  • bike_helmet_medium.jpg Parents urged to make sure young bicyclists wear helmets

    Nothing seems more natural than a kid on a bicycle, but most parents find it's easier to get their child to eat their broccoli than to wear a helmet when they ride. But maybe parents should give up on the vegetables and spend their energy on the bike helmet since it could prevent a serious injury or even death.

    October 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • 742976_58317520.jpg Slate: The airline baggage tag is a masterpiece of design

    The poet Maya Angelou once said you can tell a lot about a person from the way they respond to three things: a rainy day, tangled Christmas lights and lost luggage.

    October 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • HAL_2012_Monster_High.jpg SLIDESHOW: 10 most popular Halloween costumes of 2012 Get the best costume ideas of the year with Party City's list of the top trends of 2012.

    October 5, 2012

  • Career Coach: You should veto talking politics at work

    A recent CareerBuilder poll found that 42 percent of people said they don't talk about politics at the office, while 44 percent said they talk about it, but shut down the conversation when it gets heated.

    October 4, 2012

  • DEBATE032.jpg Aggressive Romney puts Obama on defensive in first debate

    An energetic Mitt Romney launched a series of attacks against President Barack Obama here Wednesday night, calling into question the president's record on the economy, health care and the deficit and arguing that he would take the country in a fundamentally different direction.

    October 4, 2012 2 Photos

  • DEBATE035.jpg In stats-filled debate, who said what -- and was it true?

    There they go again. Both President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney tossed out a blizzard of statistics and facts, often of dubious origin. Here are some highlights.

    October 4, 2012 1 Photo

  • Muslim protests could have a silver lining

    As the violent anti-American protests in the Muslim world subside, those in the region and in the United States are wondering whether the upheaval will have a permanent effect. Although by no means inevitable, these events could have a silver lining.

    October 4, 2012

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