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American Express Deceives Customers, Will Issue $85 Million Refund — Dollars and Sense

Have an American Express card that you never leave home without? You can expect a refund.

According to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, American Express will be refunding $85 million to some 250,000 customers due to what officials are calling deceptive practices that include the charging of illegal late fees and discrimination against applicants 35 years old and up.

For nearly a decade, American Express was guilty of committing various infractions against its card owners that cheated customers into believing they were obtaining benefits like sign-up bonuses and improved credit scores that never came to pass.

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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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Beer Muscles Are a Real Thing Now, Says Science

There have been countless naysayers throughout the years guilty of spewing out health-nut, anti-beer propaganda in hopes of convincing a society of two-fisted boozehounds that a drinker’s lifestyle is detrimental to his health.

However, an ambitious and heroic team of Japanese scientists has recently concluded that all of that “beer is bad for you” business is for feeble-bodied weaklings, as their research indicates that a steady regimen of good old-fashioned beer drinking can actually keep muscles strong.

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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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Cross-Country Runner Stops Mid-Race to Save Collapsed Rival’s Life

Sometimes the real winner in a race is the one who realizes victory isn't everything, which is just what happened earlier this week at a high school cross-country meet in Tennessee

Seventeen-year-old Seth Goldstein, a senior at  Cooper Yeshiva High School, was rounding his second turn in the race when one of his opponents collapsed in front of him from a heat-induced seizure. That's when Goldstein snapped into action.

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Overzealous Thieves Try to Blow Up ATM, Demolish the Whole Bank Instead

Remember that scene (see below) in 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' where Butch lays dynamite around the safe, but uses a bit too much and it blows up the entire train car and money flies around everywhere? This is like that, only in Germany and on Monday.

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What Are the Dirtiest Cities in America?

Some of the most highly revered travel spots in the nation make up this year’s annual Travel and Leisure America’s Dirtiest Cities. The dirty list was compiled from reader surveys that asked participants to rank 35 metropolitan areas in regards to culture, dining, shopping, as well as cleanliness and the overall feeling of safety felt in those places.

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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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What Are the Most Educated Countries in the World?

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its Education at a Glance 2012 report, and two of its conclusions jumped out at us: 1) countries that spend more on education tend to have more highly educated populations, and 2) the more educated you are, the more likely you are to be employed.

While that may not sound too surprising, it’s an important reminder of just how valuable education is in the current globalized economy—especially following a calamity like the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent recession that America is still ever-so-slowly recovering from.

Taken as a whole, the report is a good indicator of which countries are the most educated, and, helpfully, the OECD showed us how they made those determinations.

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