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Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

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Target shoppers Kelly Foley (from left), Debbie Winslow and Ann Rich use a smartphone to look at a competitor's prices while shopping shortly after midnight on Black Friday, in South Portland, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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High Electric Bills Gobble Up Savings From Cheap Oil In New England

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Fuel prices have plummeted this year, but airfares have remained high. The International Air Transport Association estimates that the world's airlines will rake in nearly $20 billion in profits this year. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

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Startup Better Finance is offering lease-to-own programs for high-end smartphones. But some customers say that retail stores, such as MetroPCS, aren't always clear about the lease terms up front. Larry W. Smith/EPA/Landov hide caption

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What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

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James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen, stars of The Interview, arrive for the film's Los Angeles premiere on Dec. 11. The comedy about a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was pulled from theaters after a cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the studio behind the film. The FBI said the attack was traced to the North Korean government. Jim Ruymen/UPI/Landov hide caption

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Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills. iStockphoto hide caption

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Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News

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Keith Herie is swamped in debt from medical issues he and his wife encountered starting about a decade ago. Heartland hospital is seizing 10 percent of his paycheck and 25 percent of his wife's wages, and has placed a lien on their home. Steve Hebert for ProPublica hide caption

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When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

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The Capitol's dome and Christmas tree are illuminated on Dec. 11 as Congress worked to pass a $1.1 trillion U.S. government-wide spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is being sued for choosing retirement funds that shortchanged its employees and charged high fees. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images hide caption

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Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial

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Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

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