For Social Security Recipients, a 1.7% Raise

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The Social Security Administration last week announced a 1.7% annual cost-of-living adjustment for those who receive federal retirement or disability benefits.The average beneficiary will get a $22 monthly increase.

How to Find a Missing Tax Refund

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The IRS says refunds generally are issued within 21 days after the government receives your return. If your refund is missing, start with the IRS website—and consider direct deposit.

U.S. to Name New Auto-Safety Chief

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The Obama administration is close to naming a permanent top auto-safety regulator amid criticism of the agency’s handling of large air-bag recall, which an administration official on Friday called “suboptimal.”

Dolce, Gabbana Cleared of Tax Charges

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Italy’s highest court cleared fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion charges Friday, bringing to an end one of the highest profile tax cases in Italy in recent years.

iTunes Sees Drop in Music Sales

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Digital music sales at Apple iTunes store have fallen 13% to 14% world-wide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring the fragility of the music industry’s nascent recovery.

Ford's Profit Falls 34%

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Ford said third-quarter income fell 34% from a year ago to $835 million as lower truck production and higher warranty and recall costs hurt results in its core North American operations and losses in Europe widened.

H-P Shops China Networking Unit

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H-P is seeking a buyer for its corporate-networking business in China, in a deal that could return the operation to local control, according to people familiar with the situation.

P&G to Shed Duracell

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P&G said it plans to exit its Duracell business, with plans to carve off the leading battery brand with $2 billion in global sales into a separate company. The plan was announced as P&G reported flat sales and a 34% profit drop for its fiscal first quarter.

Ruble Faces New Wave of Pressure

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A new wave of pressure is hitting Russia’s ruble as the market is becoming convinced that the central bank won’t be able to halt its slide.

Stocks: How to Play Defense

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Some specialized funds are designed to hedge risk, but they may not be the best choice.

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