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  • The Hidden Costs Of Raising The Medicare Age
    By delaying the age at which people can join Medicare, the federal government could save millions of dollars. But if 65- and 66-year-olds have to find health insurance on the open market, states, employers and individuals of all ages will end up paying a lot more.
  • A Huge Pay Cut For Doctors Is Hiding In The Fiscal Cliff
    On Jan. 1, Medicare is set to cut payments to doctors by nearly 30 percent. Lawmakers of both parties want to prevent this. So why is it imminent?
  • Facebook Arrests Ignite Free-Speech Debate In India
    A 21-year-old was arrested after she questioned the shutdown of Mumbai for the funeral of a controversial political leader; her friend was arrested for simply "liking" the post. The comment angered the politician's supporters, who some say intimidated police into making the arrests.
  • Indiana's GOP Leaders Cautious Amid Supermajorities
    The Indiana GOP now has a stranglehold on state government, with supermajorities in both chambers of its General Assembly and conservative Republican Mike Pence headed to the governor's mansion. But Republican lawmakers are preaching caution and a need for increased bipartisanship as they handle unchecked legislative power for the next two years. Will they be able to resist the urge to shove through their agenda?
  • Obama's Plan For Dividends, Gains: Who Would Pay?
    As the White House and Congress debate how to steer clear of the fiscal cliff, one obstacle is President Obama's insistence that the wealthy should pay more in taxes — though recently some Republicans have signaled some openness to raising revenues. One of Obama's proposals is to raise the tax rate on capital gains and dividends.
  • Companies Rush Dividends To Beat Possible Tax Hike
    Many companies are giving shareholders special year-end dividends in the expectation that tax rates will increase next year. The dividend tax rate for high earners could jump from 15 percent to 43.4 percent. That's leading to a flurry of payouts, including sizable ones to company insiders.
  • GM Plans $1 Billion Auto Factory In China
    General Motors says it's building the plant with its joint venture partners in China. Set to open in 2015, it will be the third GM plant in what is now the world's biggest auto market. The company hopes the plant will eventually produce up to 2 million vehicles annually.
  • The 'Not Too Crazy' Pulls Ahead In Car Race
    The race to make cars more fuel efficient means automakers are spending a lot more time in wind tunnels to get that sleek look. The result? A convergence in the way cars look.
  • Motivational Maestro Zig Ziglar Dies At 86
    Zig Ziglar, whose motivational speeches sought to help people find success in their professional and personal lives, has died at the age of 86. With a folksy manner and a focus on Christianity, he offered motivational advice and performance training long before it became commonplace in the corporate world.
  • Amazon's 'Prime' Customers Get A Deal On Hefty Safe
    Amazon's"Prime" service — at $79 a year — includes free two-day delivery on any item Amazon stocks. That includes, according to the Wall Street Journal, a 1,500-pound safe. The company that makes the safe says it usually ships for $700.

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