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The price of a barrel of oil briefly reached $103.95 this week, topping the old record-high . . .
The price of a barrel of oil briefly reached $103.95 this week, topping the old record-high price of $103.76 (adjusted for inflation), set in April 1980. The New York Times
Eighteen percent of workers borrowed money from their 401(k) or other retirement account last year, up from 11 percent in 2006.The Wall Street Journal
According to a recent study, more than half of all Americans are unable to save because they live paycheck to paycheck.Marketwatch.com
In 2006, Americans purchased 10.9 million life insurance policies, down from 14.7 million just four years earlier.USA Today
The weak U.S. dollar is making California wines cheaper for foreign drinkers, boosting international sales. U.S. wine exports—95 percent of which come from California—rose 9 percent in 2007, to $951 million. Still, the U.S. last year imported $4.7 billion worth of wine.Los Angeles Times
A third of workers said they’d fallen asleep or become very sleepy on the job in the past month. The culprit, according to the National Sleep Foundation, is too much work—people are staying up later to finish the average four and a half hours of work they bring home each week. Associated Press