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Ten Most Awful Jobs for 2014 Revealed


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Lumberjacks aren’t cutting it.That’s according to CareerCast.com, which says being a tree-feller is the absolute worst, most going-nowhere job of any in the U.S. It’s also dangerous and underpaid.The site’s annual ranking of 200 different vocations across North America was released on Wednesday.CareerCast’s publisher, Tony Lee, tells ABC News the next-worst job after lumberjack is being a reporter. Other loathsome vocations

Inflation Still Low but Many Prices Climbed Anyway in March


moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After the brutal winter weather of January and February, people who use oil to heat their homes saw costs fall a bit in March along with dropping prices at the pump. However, other homeowners weren't so lucky as the price of natural gas and electricity were higher than during the comparable period in 2013.Meanwhile, the persistent drought in the West also drove up costs of meat, produce and dairy at the supermarket. Renters were also hit harder in March as were

Coke's Soda Sales Flat in First Quarter


LouieBaxter/iStock Editorial/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could it be time for another New Coke?Although the 1985 attempt at introducing a new, improved Coca-Cola fizzled, the soft-drink giant may now be wondering if it's time to shake things up again with overall global sales of its carbonated beverage line falling by 1 percent during the first three months of 2014.It marks the first decline in worldwide sales of carbonated sodas in 15 years for Coke.One of the low spots for the company was in Gre

Are These Four Companies Really the Best Places to Work?


Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Where are the best places to work in the U.S.? There's no lack of lists claiming to answer this question. Earlier Tuesday, Business Insider released its list of the 50 best places to work. It has little in common with Fortune's annual list of 100 best companies, released in January.The lists have very few similarities and different methodologies. Fortune utilizes company surveys collected by the Great Place to Work Institute. Business Insider's methodolo

Stocks End Higher After Unsteady Trading


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stocks took a roller-coaster ride Tuesday. Despite big gains after the opening bell, the markets were in a free fall by mid-session. Stocks advanced again by the close.The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 89 points at 16,262.56. The Nasdaq Composite rose 11 points to end at 4,034.16. The S&P 500 added 12 to end at 1,842.98.More U.S. companies are turning in their latest financial results. Strong sales of non-carbonated drinks pushed Coca-Cola's latest num

'Bud and Breakfast' Joins Emerging Marijuana-Friendly Colorado Hotels


iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Travelers heading to Denver with a desire to "wake and bake" will have a new lodging to consider this May, when a local hospitality group launches the latest in a handful of marijuana-friendly accommodations in the area.The MaryJane Group has announced that it will be taking over the Adagio Bed and Breakfast, a longstanding inn located in the Wyman Historic District, and relaunching it as "the first all-inclusive Bud and Breakfast," catering to clients who desire a f

Odd Tax Write-Offs the IRS Must Accept


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's April 15, time to assess whether your 2013 federal tax bill was too high. You may be surprised to learn that the IRS allows tax breaks for some unusual reasons. With the help of Laura Scherler from MyFreeTaxes, ABC News made this list of offbeat tax write-offs. And remember that you can file an amended return if, per chance, you overlooked one of these this year.1. Sex-Change OperationsIndividuals diagnosed with gender-identity disorder, where individuals expe

Want a Bargain Wedding? Try a Sewage Plant


King County WTD(KING COUNTY, Wash.) -- For hundreds of dollars less than typical venues, you can host your wedding at a Washington state sewage plant.“Need a place to party?” the King County Wastewater Treatment Division wrote on its Facebook page last week. “With a full catering kitchen, state-of-the-art AV equipment, dance floor, ample parking, beautiful outdoor grounds, and room for up to 260 people, our LEED Platinum certified Brightwater Center has everything you need for

Detroit Launches eBay-Like Site to Buy Abandoned Homes


BuildingDetroit.org(DETROIT) -- In the amount of time it took you to click on this story, you could be on your way to purchasing a house in Detroit. The city launched a new website Tuesday allowing users to bid for homes on auction as if they were items on eBay. Well, almost. The houses have been acquired by the city after being left vacant and in disrepair by their owners and then forfeited through court procedures, according to the Detroit Free Press. Bidders will be required to show the city

Social Security Administration Ceases Old Debt Collection


zimmytws/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After objections by some taxpayers, the Social Security Administration has decided to stop trying to collect on taxpayers’ debts that are more than 10 years old. Until now, the U.S. Treasury was seizing state and federal tax refunds that were due to be sent out to hundreds of thousands of people. The Washington Post said the cases involved children of those who owed money because of over-payments of Social Security benefits. Many of these debts were decades

No Time to Waste on Tax Returns


robeo/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The clock is ticking down on the deadline to file your 2013 tax returns. You must file something by midnight Tuesday or face a penalty. April 15 is when the bill is due for any taxes owed. “The late payment penalties that accrue when you file late can be substantial,” says Eric Smith with the Internal Revenue Service.And the charge for filing late can be even worse. But you can easily get more time to fill in the forms. Using form 4868 “you can fil

Cocktails, Free Food and Other Tax Day Deals


Arbys(NEW YORK) -- On Tax Day, corporate America feels your pain.Providers of everything from French fries to cocktails to hotel rooms to apple-scented urinal screens reading "Abolish The IRS" will be going out of their way Tuesday to try to make you feel better (or less bad, at least) about having to fork over your money to Uncle Sam."No taxation without relaxation" says one sympathetic hotel chain's slogan.Some upscale deals are aimed at "the one percent," others at "the 99 percent." You'll fi

New Yorkers Hate State Taxes the Most


Scott Rothstein/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With the moment of reckoning having arrived, millions are trudging to the Post Office or their computers on Tuesday to file their tax returns.In addition to what's owed to the federal government, there are also state taxes to contend with. Gallup decided to ask residents of each state the question, "Do you consider the amount of state taxes you have to pay as too high, or not to high?"People in the tri-state New York area griped the most about it while t

Nearly One-in-Five Say Personal Data Online Was Stolen


scyther5/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Americans are clearly concerned that their online privacy can be easily compromised.According to a Pew Research Center report, 18 percent of 1,000 adults polled in late January said they've had personal information swiped off the Internet that included their Social Security numbers, credit card data or information about their bank accounts.The problem appears to have gotten worse in a relatively short time because when Pew asked the same question last July, jus

Get Your Google Glass, One Day Only


Google(NEW YORK) -- Google plans to make its wearable Internet device, the Google Glass, available to any adult in the U.S. on Tuesday but for one day only.According to a release from Google, the device will be sold online for $1,500, which includes a pair of frames.In a release, Google said that a limited number of these pricey gadgets will be available but didn't specify numbers.Until now, Google Glass had only been made available to select individuals, mostly developers and people who were ra

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