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    3 tips to help use remaining health account funds

    In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, Certified Marketplace Navigator Nathalie Milias, right, of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, assists Jeanine Sawyer, left, sign up for health insurance in Miami. Floridians have until Monday to sign up for health insurance if they want coverage to take effect on Jan. 1, but experts warn most consumers are unaware of the deadline.

    Dec 21, 2014 7:21 AM

    December is the final month for many people with employer-sponsored health coverage to spend the remaining balance in their health care flexible spending account. But these accounts come with a big catch: Often you have to use the balance before the plan year ends or you lose it.

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    Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

    Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don’t know _ or even think about _ how many calories they are drinking.

    Dec 21, 2014 7:12 AM

    Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks.

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    Christmas gift of drones comes with FAA rules

    Sales of the small, unmanned drones are soaring this holiday season, prompting fears that first-time users could accidentally crash them into people, buildings or even aircraft.

    Dec 21, 2014 7:45 AM

    If you find a drone under the Christmas tree next week, it may also come with a list of U.S. government guidelines for safe flying and even software to keep the device away from airports. Sales of the small, unmanned aircraft are soaring this holiday season, prompting fears that first-time users could accidentally crash them into people, buildings or even aircraft.

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    America’s middle class is adrift, and it has been for decades

    The Library of Congress photo shows the former Rockwell International NASA Industrial Facility in Downey, California. The town has never recovered from the jobs lost when the factory closed.

    Dec 21, 2014 7:45 AM

    Yes, the stock market is soaring, the unemployment rate is finally retreating after the Great Recession and the economy added 321,000 jobs last month. But all that growth has done nothing to boost pay for the typical American worker. Average wages haven’t risen over the last year, after adjusting for inflation. Real household median income is still lower than it was when the recession ended. Make no mistake: The American middle class is in trouble.

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    Gift buyers getting more selfish; 10% of presents returned

    Gift buying has become a deceivingly selfish pursuit. We don’t actually look for things people want to receive. Instead, and to many of our gifts’ detriments, we tend to look for things that we want to give. It’s a subtle, but pretty significant problem.

    Dec 21, 2014 7:29 AM

    In the coming weeks, millions of people will buy gifts for loved ones. Which is great -- except that tons of those people will make the same glaring mistake, and buy the wrong gift. Roughly 10 percent of gifts are returned each year -- and the percentage of unwanted gifts is surely higher given that nice people may not want to return presents.

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    Holiday office parties: so very merry — and awkward

    Office parties can be awkward, but are often obligatory. Which means that you have to show up and make nice and present yourself to be a well-rounded individual with at least a few social graces. Or else miss out on the chance to impress your boss' boss with your stylish party wear and witty banter. Of course, in this picture from an office party at the Daily Herald, we enjoy a chance to hang out off deadline.

    Dec 21, 2014 7:00 AM

    It is time, once again, to celebrate the holidays with our friends and loved ones. And co-workers. Please don't forget the co-workers. It's not enough to spend five days a week with your dear colleagues; you must put in a few extra off-hours of chitchat and merry-making for good show.

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