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Consumers Could Soon Pay a Fee on Credit Card Transactions — Dollars and Sense

Current laws prohibit merchants from adding surcharges to credit card transactions, even though the merchants themselves are dinged with fees for accepting the cards.

But thanks to a lawsuit brought by retailers against card-issuers, all that could soon change.

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Are Teens More Likely to Smoke After Seeing Actors Light Up In Movies?

Currently, movies depicting smoking are often rated PG-13, while smoking accompanied by other adult behaviors such as sex and violence results in a film being slapped with an R rating.

But since a new study suggests teens are more likely to smoke after seeing it on-screen, some people now say all movies with smoking should be restricted to adult viewers only.

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 10 – Sofia Vergara, Jessica Simpson and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Sofia Vergara
Age: 40
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Starring on the TV series ‘Modern Family,’ being the first Latina spokesmodel for CoverGirl Cosmetics, appearing in movies including ‘Madea Goes to Jail,’ ‘New Year’s Eve’ and ‘The Three Stooges,’ and having a body both men and women would die for

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This Day in History for July 10 – Scopes Trial Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1925 – A high school science teacher named John T. Scopes, accused of teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee law, is prosecuted in what would come to be known as the Scopes Monkey Trial (More info)

1966 – The Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., holds a rally at Soldier Field (More info)

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Morgan Freeman Says Barack Obama Isn’t America’s First Black President

Thanks to his support of civil rights, Bill Clinton has been wryly dubbed by some as “America’s first black president.” But chances are good Morgan Freeman disagrees with that — in fact, he says even Barack Obama doesn’t qualify for the title.

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Did Statistics Predict Tom Cruise’s Third Divorce?

When news broke that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise had called it quits, many celeb-watchers weren’t terribly surprised. But while the impetus of the split is keeping the tabloids busy, statistics may tell a less-enticing story: this was Cruise’s third marriage, and they’re simply more likely to fail.

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New Bill Would Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax — Dollars and Sense

Online shoppers often cite the convenience of purchasing items from web retailers like Amazon, but another perk to cyber shopping is that buyers often don’t have to pay sales tax.

Thanks to a congressional bill, though, that could soon change.

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack White and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Tom Hanks
Age: 56
Occupation: Actor, Producer and Director
Known For: An incredibly long and decorated Hollywood résumé including back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for the films ‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Philadelphia’ and nominated roles in ‘Big,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Cast Away,’ voicing Woody in the ‘Toy Story’ franchise, his close friendship and professional collaborations with Steven Spielberg, and his longtime marriage to actress Rita Wilson

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This Day in History for July 9 – President Zachary Taylor Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1850 – Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., dies of cholera after only 16 months in office (More info)

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law (More info)

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