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    1. Sleep Apnea Might Raise Odds for Painful Gout

      Sleep Apnea Might Raise Odds for Painful Gout

      People with sleep apnea have higher chances of developing gout, a new study suggests.

      Researchers analyzed data on nearly 16,000 people with sleep apnea and more than 63,000 people without apnea who were followed for a median of nearly six years. (Half were followed longer, half for less time.)

      Overall, 4.9 percent of sleep apnea patients and 2.6 percent of the others developed gout. People with sleep apnea had a 42 percent higher risk of gout, the study found.

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    2. IRS moves to block California and other states from helping residents avoid new tax-deduction limit

      IRS moves to block California and other states from helping residents avoid new tax-deduction limit

      The Trump administration has delivered another blow to California.
      The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department on Thursday moved to block efforts by lawmakers in California and other Democratic-controlled states to help their residents avoid a new limit on state and local tax deductions.

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    3. In Your 40s? Here's What to Expect From Social Security When You Retire

      In Your 40s? Here's What to Expect From Social Security When You Retire

      When you retire, there's a really good possibility that you'll rely on Social Security benefit, to some degree, to help make ends meet.

      According to a Gallup survey conducted in April, approximately five out of six nonretirees implied that Social Security would represent either a major (30%) or minor (54%) source of income during retirement. This combined 84% ties a 15-year high for reliance, based on nonretirees' responses. 

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    4. Walmart same-store sales grow at fastest pace in 10 years as e-commerce spending climbs - MarketWatch

      Walmart same-store sales grow at fastest pace in 10 years as e-commerce spending climbs - MarketWatch

      Walmart Inc. reported same-store sales growth at the strongest levels in more than a decade, offsetting analyst concerns about major investments in areas like e-commerce, where the retail giant expects to have losses for the year.

      Walmart WMT, -0.26%   U.S. saw same-store sales jump 4.5% during the second quarter, with traffic and ticket growth of more than 2%. Sales of $128.0 billion, beat the FactSet consensus of $126.0 billion.

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    5. Holy Fire explodes to 18,137 acres in Lake Elsinore area

      LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (KABC) -- The Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest has exploded to more than 18,100 acres and remains at 5 percent containment, as it continues to move near homes in the Lake Elsinore area.

      Early morning flames filled the sky with smoke as more than 1,000 firefighters worked to keep the raging forest fire from reaching foothill neighborhoods, where more than 20,000 people have been evacuated.

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    6. Can Eating Breakfast Help You Shed Pounds?

      Can Eating Breakfast Help You Shed Pounds?

      “Yes, you should eat breakfast,” says Suzy Weems, PhD, RD, a dietitian and professor of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University. But that doesn’t mean you should dig into a stack of pancakes and a plate of bacon. The UAB study didn’t look at what people were eating. It didn’t look at how many calories they were getting, either.

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    7. Despite Not Saving, Millennials Want To Retire At 61

      Despite Not Saving, Millennials Want To Retire At 61

      How would you like to retire early? Millennials certainly like the idea, according to a recent survey from Bankrate.com. Millennials identified the perfect retirement age as 61 a full six years before their full retirement age (FRA) as defined by Social Security and one year before they can even claim reduced Social Security benefits or enroll in Medicare.

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    8. US economy grows at fastest pace since 2014

      US economy grows at fastest pace since 2014

      Second-quarter economic growth came in at an annual rate of 4.1%, the government said Friday. That was the best showing since the third quarter of 2014. By many metrics, the United States economy is in excellent shape: Unemployment is near an 18-year low, factories are seeing more orders, and exports are surging. Economists are generally predicting slower growth in the second half of the year, as the effects of the tax cut wear off and rising interest rates depress consumer spending.

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    9. Corporate America is caught in the crossfire of trade war

      Corporate America is caught in the crossfire of trade war

      Corporate America is caught in the crossfire of President Donald Trump's trade war.

      The list of high-profile casualties from the tariffs is mounting. Iconic American companies as diverse as Harley-Davidson (HOG) and General Motors to General Electric (GE) and 3M (MMM) have all warned that rising costs from tariffs will eat into their profits.

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    10. Millennials taking risk when tapping 401(k) to fund a home purchase

      Millennials taking risk when tapping 401(k) to fund a home purchase

      Many millennials are stretching financially to buy homes. 
      Members of this younger generation are exhibiting risky behavior when coming up with a down payment to buy a home, with about 1 in 3 (29 percent) saying they raided their 401(k) or IRA or borrowed against their retirement accounts, a move personal finance pros say could hurt their financial well-being, according to a new survey from Bank of the West.

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    11. Macy's Says Hackers Accessed Online Customers' Credit Card Data

      Macy's Says Hackers Accessed Online Customers' Credit Card Data

      Macy’s Inc. said hackers obtained names and passwords of online customers and potentially were able to access data including their credit card numbers and expiration dates.

      The data breach impacted one-half of one-percent of customers who were registered on Macys.com or Bloomingdales.com, spokeswoman Blair Rosenberg said Tuesday. Customer login and password data were taken from websites not related to Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s and were then used to access profiles on those sites, the company said.

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    12. Build-A-Bear Workshop Is Caught Off Guard for Its 'Pay Your Age' Promo and Forced to Turn Away Customers

      Build-A-Bear Workshop Is Caught Off Guard for Its 'Pay Your Age' Promo and Forced to Turn Away Customers

      The company says it experienced 'unprecedented' customer turnout and provides a lesson on preparation for entrepreneurs.

      Build-A-Bear Workshop generated buzz on social media leading up to Thursday’s “Pay Your Age” sale, calling the upcoming promotion its “biggest deal EVER.”

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    13. Is buying healthcare in groups the best option for small US businesses? | Business

      Is buying healthcare in groups the best option for small US businesses? | Business

      T he number of small businesses offering employees group healthcare fell to a historic low last year. If you’re running a small business, that’s probably no surprise: healthcare is a significant cost and it’s a struggle to provide affordable health insurance for your employees. But there may be another, potentially better option for controlling these costs.

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    14. Social security myths and reasons why they're overblown

      Social security myths and reasons why they're overblown

      Once again, there's dire news about Social Security. Its trustees claim in their 2018 report that they must tap the program's sacred "Trust Funds" to cover this year’s benefits. And they warn that the funds will be depleted by 2034, forcing steep benefit cuts, unless Congress fixes things. Scary.

      And wrong. Most Social Security fears rest on myths. Here are four of the biggest – and the reasons why they're overblown.

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    15. Postcard-size 1040 tax form to be released next week

      House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, holds a sample postcard showing a simplified tax form as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., looks on

      Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department will be releasing a postcard-size Form 1040 next week, fulfilling one of the promises of last December’s tax overhaul.

      “Next week, we will be unveiling the new 1040, and it will be a postcard as we’ve promised, and hardworking taxpayers won’t have to spend nearly as much time filling out their taxes,” Mnuchin said at an event Wednesday marking the six-month anniversary of the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to The Hill.

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