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Job Market (Finally) Improving for College Grads — Dollars and Sense

For recent college graduates, the economic downturn and very, very slow recovery of the past few years have been brutal. But things may be looking up.

According to the Job Outlook 2013 survey, employers are on track to hire 13 percent more graduates from the class of 2013 than they did for those who walked away with their degrees in 2012.

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‘Insufficient Funds’ for You, Big Business for Your Bank — Dollars and Sense

Consumer error appears to be greatly benefiting the financial industry, as a new banking report finds that charges to checking accounts caused by insufficient funds generated $31.5 billion last year. That is up from $30.8 million the year before, marking roughly an overall 2 percent increase.

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1943 Penny Sells for $1 Million — Dollars and Sense

How much is a penny really worth these days? Well, if it happens to be a 1943 Lincoln, it is likely worth a pretty penny, as one has reportedly just sold for $1 million.

Experts say the reason this rare coin is so valuable is because back when it was manufactured at the San Francisco Mint, it was mistakenly produced with bronze rather than the typical zinc-coated steel that the majority of the currency is made with.

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ATM Fees Skyrocket, Again, While Free Checking Disappears — Dollars and Sense

The days of the free checking account are nearing extinction and ATM fees are on the rise, according to the latest financial research from bankrate.com. Those annoying ATM surcharges that consumers incur every time they withdraw cash from a money mover that is not the property of the their bank have risen once again, to an all-time high of $2.50, up 4 percent from last year.

And lest you think we would mislead you by using a term like "skyrocket" in the headline to describe a mere 4 percent increase—there's more ...

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JetBlue to Make Flying Better By Offering Free Wi-Fi — Dollars and Sense

Frequent flyers who are sick to death of having to pay additional fees just so they can use the Internet might want to consider booking flights aboard JetBlue Airways next year.

That’s because starting in 2013, the budget-friendly airline plans to provide free in-flight Wi-Fi for its passengers.

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JCPenney Announces Free Haircuts for Kids — Dollars and Sense

JCPenney hopes to scalp the competition while contributing to a society of cleaner cut children with the company recently announcing plans to offer another round of free haircuts for children.

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Olive Garden, Red Lobster Employees File Lawsuit for Unpaid Wages — Dollars and Sense

A lawsuit was filed on Thursday in federal court claiming that wait staff employees from Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other restaurant chains across the country associated with Darden Restaurants were underpaid.

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Judge Rules Rare Coins Worth $80 Million Belongs to the Government and Not to Family Claiming Them — Dollars and Sense

The United States government has officially railroaded a Philadelphia family that literally struck gold, after a judge found that the 10 rare gold coins worth $80 million they discovered almost a decade ago did not belong to them, but to Uncle Sam, instead.

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The Rich Fail to Spread the Wealth By Donating Less to Charity Than the Middle Class Does — Dollars and Sense

In a world where the portrait of philanthropy is often painted using an upper class model to represent an offering of charity to the less fortunate, sometimes we forget that empathy has a way of digging a little deeper into the pockets of blue jeans than it does a three-piece suit.

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Mario Tama, Getty Images

Apple Is Now the World’s Most Valuable Company — Dollars and Sense

As the rumored roll-out of the latest iPhone looms next month, investors seem bullish on Apple.

The tech giant’s market value now exceeds $623 billion, breaking the record set by Microsoft during the halcyon days of the late 1990s dotcom bubble.

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