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Questions over Bitcoin

Questions swirled about the future of embattled Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox after reports that its chief executive had resigned from the board of a key advocacy group and its website appeared to have been disabled.

Consumer Reports top cars and trucks out today

Consumer Reports reveals Tuesday its top picks in 2014 cars and trucks. Find out which ones the magazine recommends, and which ones to it says you should avoid at usatoday.com/money.

Same-sex parenting key in Michigan gay marriage trial

Kids. Parenting. Religion. A federal judge will confront all three issues today as Michigan's highly anticipated trial on same-sex marriage gets under way — though the focus is expected to be more on parenting than gay rights. A key issue in this trial will be whether children raised by same-sex parents fare better or worse in life than children raised by heterosexual parents — or whether there's no difference in their well-being. Both sides claim they have science on their side.

Massive veterans bill heading toward Senate vote

What has been characterized as the most sweeping veterans legislation in decades could reach the Senate floor for a vote. The legislation authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders includes: restoring cost-of-living increases for military retiree pensions; expanding Department of Veterans Affairs health care, allowing the VA to acquire 27 new medical facilities and paying for reproductive services for 2,300 troops wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Obama announces new manufacturing innovation institutes

President Obama will announce $140 million in federal spending on two new public-private partnerships with businesses and universities in Chicago and Detroit. It's part of his pledge to establish manufacturing innovation institutes using existing funds. The president opened a competition for the manufacturing institutes last year, to bring together applied research, training and product development for new manufacturing opportunities in key technological areas.

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