Think your prime rib holiday dinner is more pricey this year? You're right. But maybe not for the reason you think. Todd Patterson/ hide caption

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M&M's lets customers create their own mix by choosing colors and even adding personalized photos and messages. screengrab hide caption

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats aren't going to throw America's seniors over the fiscal cliff to give a tax cut to the wealthiest. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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How much income tax should the top 2 percent of U.S. earners pay? Just about everyone has an opinion, but the opinions that count are those of President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. hide caption

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Jenny Adams in the Wayland Bar in Alphabet City, where she stored piles of relief supplies to distribute. Adams raised $10,000 through a crowdfunding website to help her neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy. Alex Goldmark/NPR hide caption

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With major tax changes still undecided, accountants and other financial professionals must advise their clients on various possible scenarios. hide caption

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An empty container ship waited near the Port of Los Angeles during the eight-day strike by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The stoppage put a halt to most of the work at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Judy Smith, of Dalton, Ga., looks over paperwork as she files for unemployment benefits in August after being laid off from a catering job. More than 2 million people who get extended benefits may lose them if Congress doesn't act soon. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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