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Netanyahu: No disrespect to Obama

CNN - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:59
10:07 a.m. UPDATE - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has taken the stage to a standing ovation.
Categories: National News

529 plans may soon cover more college expenses

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:01
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Women’s Track & Field Jumps To No. 12 In The Rankings

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:00
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After earning the highest finish in school history at the SEC Indoor Championships, the Mississippi State women's track and field team moved up six spots to No. 12 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Rankings.

$2 gas is gone -- for now

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:32
Gone are the days of $2 gas -- at least for now. Prices at the pump have climbed steadily for five weeks in a row.

#TheDress: 73 million page views

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 17:31
Last week the Internet was mesmerized by the color scheme of #TheDress. On Monday, Tumblr reported just how enthralled the Internet was.

MSU Announces 2015 Super Bulldog Weekend, April 17-19

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:44
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The 30th annual Super Bulldog Weekend, a Mississippi State spring homecoming tradition featuring three days of athletic events and a pig cooking contest, will take place April 17-19 on the MSU campus. The event is once again being presented by Regions Bank.

Bulldogs Remain At No. 11 In Associated Press Poll

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:17
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After wrapping up a record-setting regular season with a win against rival Ole Miss, Mississippi State remained No. 11 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

A bank is offering scented credit cards to Middle Eastern women

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:13
If the smell of money isn't alluring enough, an Abu Dhabi bank is marketing scented credit cards to women in the Middle East.

Boom! Nasdaq finally tops 5,000 again

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:02
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9 companies Warren Buffett should consider buying

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:47
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Nurse who had Ebola sues

CNN - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:33
She was the first person to ever contract Ebola in the United States, and now she's suing the hospital where she got infected.
Categories: National News

Tuesday’s Game Time Moved Up, Bulldogs Rise In Polls

Bulldog Beat - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:22
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Ranked No. 7 in the country with a perfect 13-0 record, Mississippi State baseball's 6:30 p.m. first pitch Tuesday against Arkansas Pine-Bluff (3-6) has been moved up to 4 p.m.

'Judge Judy' extends contract with CBS until 2020

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 15:13
"Judge Judy" will be holding court for a few more years, thanks to a new deal from CBS.

11 stocks hedge funds and mutual funds love now

Business News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:43
Ever wondered what the "smart money" on Wall Street is betting on these days?

This Year, Make a Goal to Contribute More to Your 401(k)

Lifestyles - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:42
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - Are you participating in an employer-sponsored retirement plan? If your company has one, consider yourself fortunate. But if you've been ignoring whatever your company is offering, it's time to get the facts.

A good retirement plan will allow you to defer taxes on whatever you contribute to your 401(k) account until you begin to withdraw money, presumably in your retirement. The amount of money you contribute is deducted from your salary when Uncle Sam is tallying up your taxable income for the year. Granted, you won't see the money you contribute until you retire, but committing to a plan like this is one way of both saving on taxes and forcing yourself to save for the future.

If your company offers any kind of a "match," meaning it will throw in some money to match your contribution at a certain proportion, you are definitely leaving money on the table by not participating. For example, a company may match 50 cents on one dollar up to 4 percent of pay -- yours could be better or worse.

One primary reason a retirement account is such a good idea is compounding interest. Add earned interest to the money you are contributing, plus an employer match, deduct the amount contributed from your taxable income, and you're well ahead of the game.

Most 401(k) plans allow you to choose how to invest your money. The plan administrator provides a choice of investments, which may include cash equivalents, bonds, stocks or a mix. When choosing your investments, you can decide exactly how aggressive or conservative you wish to be.

IRS increased the contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k) plans from $17,500 in 2014 to $18,000 for tax year 2015. The catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and over who participate in 401(k) plans increased from $5,500 to $6,000, which is motivating to many baby boomers who are behind in saving for retirement.

Sitting down with a tax professional to determine what you can do to minimize your tax burden this year and take advantage of every tax deduction and credit available to you just makes good sense. A licensed tax professional can help. Enrolled agents ("EAs") are licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury after passing a stringent three-part exam on taxation. They must complete IRS-approved continuing education to keep the license. You can locate an EA in your area using the "Find an EA" directory at www.naea.org.

Nemtsov thought fame offered protection

CNN World - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:31
Slain Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov knew criticizing the Kremlin was dangerous, but thought his fame would protect him.
Categories: International News
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