Produce prices skyrocket with freeze in Mexico, Southwest -- Get ready to pay double or even triple the price for fresh produce in the coming weeks after the worst freeze in 60 years damaged and wiped out entire crops in northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S.
Where Not To Die In 2011 -- With the federal estate tax exemption now a hefty $5 million, state estate taxes are a bigger concern for many families. As of Feb. 15, 2011, the District of Columbia and 22 states imposed estate and/or inheritance taxes. Ilinois is the latest of the states to adopt a tax; it acted in January. (As in the federal system, bequests to a spouse are state-estate-tax-free.)
The iPhone is growing.
Apple Reportedly Plans To Boost iPhone Screen Size To 4 Inches -- According to Taiwan-based tech news site DigiTimes, the next generation iPhone will have a 4 inch display, up from the current 3.5 inch display in the fourth generation version of the phone. The site attributes the information to "upstream component suppliers." Some Google (GOOG) Android-based phones now offer displays in the 4-inch to 5.5 inch range.
Three Hired Truck firms paid to clear snow after blizzard -- The blizzard of costs to clean up Chicago's third-largest snowstorm is starting to pile up -- with $8 million in emergency contracts awarded in just one day, three of them to former Hired Truck companies.
- Sheena Moore