Move over, well drinks. Specialty cocktails are booming


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Justin SullivanCalifornia may be beautiful and popular, but state income tax can reach 13.3 percent — tough on retirees on a fixed income.California may be beautiful and popular, but state income tax can reach 13.3 percent — tough on retirees on a fixed income.Alan Majchrowicz / AlamyIf you can handle the cold, dark winters, Alaska could be a paradise for retirees, with its stunning views, including this one from the Richardson Highway with the peaks of the central Alaska Range in the distance, and low taxes.BC4260 The Richardson Highway with the peaks of the central Alaska Range in the distance

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Eric RisbergGeneral manager Owen Westman opens a bottle of 12-year-old Hibiki Japanese whisky at the Rickhouse bar in San Francisco in 2010.General manager Owen Westman opens a bottle of 12-year-old Hibiki Japanese whisky at the Rickhouse bar in San Francisco, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. At left…

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Fed minutes: Is a bond-buying cut looming? Maybe not


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Business owner Reiko Roberts, left, vents her frustrations with reviews site Yelp at a town hall in Hollywood. (Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times / August 20, 2013) Also By Andrea Chang August 21, 2013, 1:39 p.m. Things got heated Tuesday at a Yelp town hall meeting intended to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners’ concerns about the popular reviews site. Since launching nearly a decade ago, Yelp has been subject to endless criticism by business owners who accuse the website of manipulating reviews based on whether the companies fork over advertising dollars. The backlash hasn’t prevented Yelp from becoming the premier site for reviews on everything from restaurants to plumbers.
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WASHINGTON — Top Federal Reserve officials, viewing the economic outlook with a little more caution than before, remain divided on when to reduce their bond-buying stimulus. Minutes of the Fed’s last policy meeting at the end of July reveal that officials of the central bank still have not reached a consensus on the appropriate timing of tapering their $85-billion monthly purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities — despite analysts’ expectations that the first cut will come in September. QUIZ: How much do you know about China’s economy? A “few members” of the policymaking group, known as the Federal Open Market Committee, wanted to wait for additional information before changing the bond-buying program, but a “few others” indicated that it “might soon be time to slow somewhat the pace of purchases,” according to the account released Wednesday after the usual three-week lag. Financial markets around the world have been on edge in anticipation that the Fed will soon start to scale back the program, which has pumped the financial system with cash in an effort to hold down long-term interest rates and support the housing market and broader economic growth. Ten-year bond yields have risen sharply in recent weeks. While many analysts have predicted a program cut at the Fed’s next policy meeting Sept. 17-18, the latest minutes, plus recent jobs data since the Fed’s July meeting, suggest that that’s far from a sure thing. Fed Chairman Ben S.
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Should You Donate Your Car?


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You’re not sure what you’d get for your old beater you’ve decided to finally part ways with, but it’s not a lot — not even enough to justify the hassle of selling. Instead of driving to a rough part of town and abandoning it with the keys inside, consider donating it to charity. Your old ride might not be worth much to you anymore, but some organizations can make good use for a good cause. Meanwhile, you’ll get an income-tax deduction, and the organization might even come and take it away for free. Follow the link below for car-donation tips.
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