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Refinancing your mortgage? Opportunity knocks

Homeowners seeking to save some money on mortgage payments can celebrate: The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, one of the most popular refinance products, has dipped to its lowest level since June 2013.

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Ladybug-like bugs infesting Missouri homes

We've all seen red and black ladybugs outside. You've probably even picked one up a time or two. But the very similar orange and black bugs that we're seeing all across the state in high amounts are something you definitely do not want to touch. These bugs can even bite you.

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Microsoft: New Band gizmo can make you a 'better human'

Microsoft has launched a new smartwatch, and it makes some majorly lofty promises.

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Stocks give investors a big October treat

If you exited the stock market earlier this month, you sure have something to "boo" about this Halloween.

October turned out to be a nice treat for investors. Those who stayed in are having an extra Happy Halloween.

The S&P 500 is on track to end the m...

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US economy chugging along at 3.5% growth

The American economy had a smooth summer.

Gross domestic product increased 3.5% between July and September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. It exceeded analysts' expectations and offered more proof of an economy gaining momentum.

"This is ...

Shrimp

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Study: 30% of shrimp products misrepresented

You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it and saute it, but one of America's favorite seafoods -- the humble shrimp -- might not be what you think it is.

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Costco isn't the only store closed on Thanksgiving day

Once upon a time, you could eat Thanksgiving dinner without worrying whether you might miss a doorbuster deal.

But in the last couple of years, stores have been falling over each other to offer Black Friday sales on Thursday itself, opening their doo...

Tim Cook at Apple event

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Tim Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, acknowledging publicly for the first time that he is gay.

"Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," he wrote in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek...

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North Dakota leads decline in homelessness

The nation's homeless population, and especially the number of families without shelter, continues to decline, according to a new report.

North Dakota led the trend among states with a 40% drop. Homelessness had spiked in North Dakota as the state gr...

Biotech company brings dozens of jobs to Columbia

Fifty jobs are coming to Columbia thanks to a new biotech company.

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