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Christie 'tired' of minimum wage debate

Gov. Chris Christie has had enough of all this talk about the minimum wage -- in fact, he's "tired" of it.

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Refinancing your mortgage? Opportunity knocks

Homeowners seeking to save some money on mortgage payments can celebrate: The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, one of the most popular refinance products, has dipped to its lowest level since June 2013.

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This Halloween costume costs $1.6 million

What does a million-dollar Halloween costume look like? Hint: It gives new meaning to the phrase "dripping with diamonds."

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After 6 months of recall costs, GM making money again

General Motors is back making money again, after six months in which recall costs essentially wiped out its profit.

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Maker of Camel cigarettes bans smoking in its offices

Joe Camel isn't going to be able to smoke at his desk any longer. Reynolds American, the nation's No. 2 tobacco company, will no longer let its employees smoke in most places at work starting next year.

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Toys R Us puts 'Breaking' figures on 'sabbatical'

"Breaking Bad's" drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White will have to stop making the sale at Toys R Us.

FDA proposes pet food rules

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China spends $1.5 billion pampering pets

It's the latest growth industry in China: pet lovers are spending billions pimping their pooches.

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Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2015

Social Security checks will rise by 1.7% -- which translates into $22 more each month for the average retired worker.

In 2015, the average worker will receive $1,328 a month, or $15,936 a year, according to the Social Security Administration. More th...

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Visiting national parks could cost more

Want to visit Yosemite, Grand Canyon or Yellowstone next year? Pack your camping supplies and knock those parks off your bucket list now.

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Americans taking fewer vacation days

Feeling buried by work, like you can't find time for a few days off, like your entire work-life balance is out of whack?

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KRDO NewsChannel 13's tax pro, Tom Baltuskonis answers your tax questions.

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