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United, Continental pushing fares up again

United and Continental are raising airfares on many U.S. routes by up to $20 per round trip ticket. It's the latest effort to cover spiraling fuel costs across the airline industry. Full story

Most expensive and cheapest metro areas for gas

Here are the five most expensive and the five least expensive metro areas for retail gasoline prices in the lower-48 states. Full story

Latest airfare increase fizzles over the weekend

The airlines' latest effort to broadly raise U.S. fares by $10 per round trip has crumbled. Full story

Tsunami fears spread

   Dr. Charles Merguerian talks about the effects of the tsunami from Japan to the Western coast of the U.S.

U.S. Colder, Drier in January, While Globe Warmer

Pay no attention to the lingering piles of snow left over from last month. Full story

Step relatives common in 40 percent of American families

Study finds that major demographic changes, including a rise in divorce and more babies born to single moms , have contributed to the rise of the stepfamily over the past decades. Full story

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  Fueling Natural Gas Projects

More and more companies are investing in natural gas exploration projects on the US mainland. Nicholas Atencio, CEO of Mainland Resources, which has projects in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, tells CNBC why.

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