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Kill the dollar bill, for $1 coins instead?

A nonpartisan, investigative arm of Congress is calling for the United States to stop printing dollar bills and switch entirely to $1 coins instead.

Today is National French Toast Day

Whether swimming in syrup, dusted with powered sugar or stuffed to the gills with fruit, French toast has had a recurring role on breakfast tables for many years - or possibly even centuries.

Research: Toxic chemicals in your living room

Could the couch in your living room be toxic? Some scientists say yes. A study in this week's Environmental Science and Technology journal measured just how many toxic flame-retardant chemicals are in our furniture.

Powerball jackpot hits $550 million

Wednesday's Powerball drawing could be one for the history books, with the jackpot rising to a record $550 million.

When it's more than 'winter blues'

About 15 percent of the U.S. population experiences the problematic rhythmic change of the seasons. For these individuals, time itself is a stressor, and winter is often a season of despair.

Homemade prison 'hooch' suspected in Arizona illnesses

Contraband alcohol is believed to have sickened at least seven Arizona inmates, who are receiving antitoxins for suspected botulism poisoning, officials said Tuesday.

2nd suit claims Elmo puppeteer had sexual contact with minor

A second lawsuit has been filed accusing Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who provided the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," of engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor.

BP blocked from new government contracts over Gulf spill

The U.S. government will block oil giant BP from new government contracts over its "lack of business integrity" stemming from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.

Sandy-weary Long Islanders can wait to pay power bills, utility says

The Long Island Power Authority said Tuesday its customers -- many of them in areas hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy -- can wait for the next meter-reading cycle to pay their power bills.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now #GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving usually means family, food, football and, of course, the kickoff of the holiday shopping season with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.