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  • Senator goes after cell phone fees, contracts. Some cell phone companies charge their users $100 to $200 to end a contract no matter what the reason and disguise their own charges as taxes on bills, witnesses told a congressional panel on Wednesday. In a
  • House votes to extend ban on Internet taxes. Fear about future tax revenue shortfalls at the state and local levels helped derail a congressional push Tuesday for a permanent federal ban on Internet access taxes. Instead, a nearly unanimous House voted for a
  • Time Warner customers misled by AT&T ad. An ad from AT&T that ran the other day in these pages and elsewhere warned that some Time Warner Cable customers are in danger of losing phone service as the cable giant makes
  • Airlines may never achieve top customer service. Maybe all the hubbub about flight delays and shoddy service is beginning to register with the USA's big airlines. After cutting costs in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Northwest Airlines (NWA) CEO Doug Steenland now says low operating
  • Choose credit cards by how you use them. Americans have a complicated relationship with credit cards. Most of us won't leave home without them. But ask the average consumer how she feels about credit card companies, and you're likely to hear the kinds
  • Home Insurers Canceling in East. It is 1,200 miles from the coastline where Hurricane Katrina touched land two years ago to the neat colonial-style home here where James Gray, a retired public relations consultant, and his wife, Ann, live. But this
  • National Defense Department investigate consumer's finance and credit report (Chinese). 【美聯社紐約十四日電】最新公布的文件顯示,國防部911恐襲後寄出的數百封索取顧客金融紀錄的秘密信件,反映出該機構內部系統缺乏統一的協作和嚴格的監管,造成濫權和越權現象嚴重。 美國公民自由聯盟(ACLU)遵照「資訊自由法案」的規定,拿到一套經過修改的五角大廈文件。該組織聲稱,對手中455份「國家安全信件」的分析顯示,國防部與聯邦調查局聯合避開法律規定,越權獲取顧客的金融和信用紀錄。
  • NYC study: Minorities pay more for mortgages. Home buyers in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods in New York City were more likely to get their mortgages last year from a subprime lender than home buyers in white neighborhoods with similar income levels,
  • When there's a will, there's a way online. John Chuang of South Pasadena, Calif., became a father in 2005, he and his wife, Sulynn, knew that they needed a will. But Mr. Chuang, 38, didn’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to a
  • The owners who can't hire and fire. Investors may have hoped that the Securities and Exchange Commission would do the right thing and allow them a much more active role in governance matters at their companies. Ownership usually brings certain rights, after
  • Agency warns of cellphone scam. An e-mail warning consumers that cellphone numbers will soon be released to telemarketers is making the rounds again, and government officials have a key detail they'd like to add: it's totally bogus. The e-mails say
  • Countering credit card marketing on campus. Campus credit-card marketers are out of control and entrapping students into years of debt, say a national consumer group and a coalition of college officials and student leaders. Students lacking financial savvy are barraged by
  • Cutting them a break on carried interest. Democrats like to boast that they are the party that worries about the middle class while Republicans lavish tax goodies on the rich. So a juicy tax break enjoyed by a select group of the
  • Industry alliance aims to prevent foreclosures. The Bush administration announced a new mortgage industry coalition on Wednesday aimed at helping homeowners avoid being trapped in a rising tide of foreclosures. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the initiative would help coordinate efforts
  • Insurer to pay up to $500,000 in probe. Insurer HealthMarkets — under investigation by 36 states and facing a lawsuit by the Massachusetts attorney general — has agreed to pay up to $500,000 to settle concerns raised about its business practices in Delaware. The Texas-based firm, whose
  • Coalición busca evitar embargos de casas. Los principales actores del sector hipotecario en Estados Unidos, como son los bancos, los intermediarios inmobiliarios y la administración federal, han lanzado una campaña para tratar de frenar el auge en la morosidad
  • Nuevo plan de espionaje protege la privacidad. Los demócratas de la Cámara de Representantes presentaron ayer un proyecto de ley de escuchas electrónicas que da a la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad (NSA) el poder para espiar a extranjeros sospechosos
  • Blocking the card sharks. Pam Gear of Newbury Township [Ohio] is an avid bargain hunter who scours off-price stores on a regular basis for top-quality, low-priced merchandise. And during a recent shopping expedition, she was stunned when one of
  • Hold on, my wallet is ringing. PHILIPPINES - It's Thursday, so 18-year-old Dennis Tiangco [of San Miquel] is off to the bank to collect his weekly allowance, zapped by his mother - who's working in Hong Kong - to his electronic

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