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Bulldogs Remain At No. 11 In Associated Press Poll

Bulldog Beat - 5 hours 59 min ago
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 - 6 hours 2 min ago
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 - 6 hours 14 min ago
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9 companies Warren Buffett should consider buying

Business News - 6 hours 29 min ago
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Tuesday’s Game Time Moved Up, Bulldogs Rise In Polls

Bulldog Beat - 6 hours 54 min ago
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 - 7 hours 2 min ago
"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 - 7 hours 32 min ago
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 - 7 hours 34 min ago
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(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 - 7 hours 45 min ago
Slain Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov knew criticizing the Kremlin was dangerous, but thought his fame would protect him.
Categories: International News

Canada's tunnel mystery solved -- well, sort of

CNN World - 7 hours 50 min ago
A mysterious tunnel that Canadian authorities discovered weeks ago is still a mystery, though police said Monday the case is closed and there was "nothing criminal" going on.
Categories: International News

Girlfriend didn't see shooter

CNN World - 7 hours 51 min ago
Model Anna Duritskaya, who was with Boris Nemtsov when he was killed, says she did not see the shooter.
Categories: International News

Nurse who had Ebola sues

CNN - 7 hours 51 min ago
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

PCs are dead. So says Wall Street. Again.

Business News - 7 hours 52 min ago
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ISIS releases some Christian hostages

CNN World - 8 hours 3 min ago
Igniting a live man in a cage; severing the heads of dozens; kidnapping, raping and selling women and children -- ISIS' shocking maltreatment of its captives has become regrettably predictable.
Categories: International News

Guinness returns to sponsor N.Y.'s St. Patrick's Day Parade

Business News - 8 hours 29 min ago
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Best of Travel

CNN - 8 hours 31 min ago
Categories: National News

The case against Aaron Hernandez

CNN - 8 hours 31 min ago
Categories: National News

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and others in March

CNN - 8 hours 33 min ago
Raise your hand if you are ready for spring and some warmer weather.
Categories: National News
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