Long lines formed at a gas station in Los Angeles a few days ago. Premium unleaded was on sale for an unbelievable discount: $1.10 a gallon. Drivers quickly purchased 7,000 gallons at this low price. It was a nightmare for the gas station owner, who says he lost $21,000.
Part of a serieson young people and financial literacy
Personal finance websites such as Mint.com have gained fans for helping people sort out where their money goes. They can be a great way to track your savings, says Joan Goldwasser, a senior reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
One thing Republicans and Democrats have learned in recent years is how to use Medicare to attack the other party. Republicans say Democrats will ruin the program by letting it go bankrupt, while Democrats say the GOP wants to abolish the program altogether.
It's hard for voters to sort out who's telling the truth, and even harder to tell which party will have an advantage on the issue in 2012.
At the Umlazi cemetery on the outskirts of the South African city of Durban, Xolile Mahanjana wades through the knee-high grass. Rolling green hills extend around him and a set of power lines runs overhead. He leans forward and sweeps aside the grass with his hands, trying to locate his mother's grave.
"It was between this one and that cross over there," he says, "which means it's here."