514: This is the amount in billions of dollars that the projected budget deficit will be in 2014 according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report that came out on Tuesday. This is the lowest level during President Barack Obama’s presidency, and is well below the $1.4 trillion deficit in 2009 that followed heavy federal spending.
110: This is the amount in millions of dollars that Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group Inc. said on Monday it will pay to buy e-cigarette upstart Green Smoke Inc. This is the latest sign that electronic cigarettes are posing as a rising competitive threat to traditional cigarettes. Altria currently controls half of the roughly $100 billion U.S. tobacco market.
– Information compiled by Anthony Ahlegian