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News

2007

November

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  • Subprime bailouts: Chump check. Not everyone is happy about mortgage lenders' latest efforts to help troubled borrowers. Take Teresa Nelson. Instead of going for an adjustable rate mortgage with its lure of low initial rates, she opted for the
  • Rising heating bills spur oil-to-gas switch. NEW YORK - With his furnace sputtering its final gasps, Charles Comito decided it was time to trade in his heating oil system for natural gas this year. The switch cost $4,400, a price he says
  • Copps of FCC crusades against consolidation. ASHINGTON — His dark suits. His wing-tipped shoes. The nearly four decades he's toiled in the nation's capital, including the last six years on the Federal Communications Commission. Everything about Michael J. Copps screams bureaucrat -
  • Retire early: Brokers want your cash. HOUMA, La. — After 30 years of toiling in oil fields, Ray Lirette was told in 1997 that he could retire at 52 and buy a camper so he and his wife could travel across the USA. Lirette says
  • Compras de la temporada navideña. No son escasos los consumidores que dejan las compras de festividades para último momento y terminan gastando más de lo que habían anticipado. Este año propóngase hacer las cosas de una
04
  • Long-term insurance: Worth its weight?. Tom Binder wanted to prepare for the future - including the possibility that he or his wife could be stricken by a long, debilitating illness in their sunset years. "I don't think it's a good
  • Struggling with less. Layoffs and subsequent lower-paying jobs have taken a toll on Terri and Kevin Beirne of Orlando, Fla. Four years ago, they both were laid off briefly within a few weeks of each other. They missed
02
  • Group aims at credit predators. A national consumer advocacy group called on Congress Thursday to pass legislation halting the growth of a particularly abusive type of credit card that targets vulnerable consumers with poor credit histories. Advertised on television and
  • Rest easier with estate planning. It wasn't until after Eleanor Barkelew got married a second time that she grappled with estate planning. She and her husband each had a child from a previous marriage, and the couple didn't want to
01
  • Fed issues rules combating identity theft. U.S. financial regulators and the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday they will soon publish final rules designed to detect "red flags" when consumers are at risk of identity theft. "These rules provide consumers
  • FCC approves cable competition for apartments. Federal regulators on Wednesday approved a rule that would ban exclusive agreements that cable television operators have with apartment buildings, opening up competition for other video providers that could eventually lead to lower prices. The

October

31
  • Fed cuts key rate another quarter-point. The Federal Reserve cut a key short-term interest rate by a quarter-point to 4.5% on Wednesday, seeking to support troubled financial markets and shore up the collapsing housing sector. The central bank also warned markets not
  • House approves 7-year ban on internet tax. The House approved a bill yesterday to bar states from taxing Internet access through 2014, clearing the way for President Bush to sign the measure into law before the current ban expires tomorrow. The unanimous vote
  • FCC likely to end exclusive cable deals. When several Loudoun County neighborhoods were built five years ago, a Dulles company won long-term exclusive contracts to provide cable service to hundreds of residents. At the time, OpenBand Multimedia was the only company willing
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  • Goodwill: Cheap can also be chic. Like other fashion bloggers, Em Hall dispenses advice on matters such as the appropriate cut for ankle boots, pairing floral patterns with polka dots and how to wear a three-piece suit. The twist? Many of
  • Federal government pushed on Plain English. Gobbledygook. It's the stuff of government. Maybe its No. 1 export. Now, a first-term House member, Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), wants to do away with the wordy, pompous and confusing forms and memos that spew out of
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  • CPSC faces restraints in ATV recall. In June, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an unusual warning about a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle designed for children, calling it "defective and dangerous." "Children are at risk of injury or death due to multiple
  • Not wise to bail out reckless investors. Last summer, the bill started to come due on our debt-fueled economy. We should have let it - and let reckless speculators, subprime lenders and banks finally get what they had coming. But instead, the
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  • FHA reform: Stuck in neutral?. Distress in the mortgage market is generating a wave of relief bills on Capitol Hill, including one that would allow homeowners to tap into their retirement accounts - penalty-free - to bring their loans current
  • Small shipping scams fly under the radar. Danika Kogelschatz considered herself a savvy Web shopper, smart enough to ask the right questions and do preliminary research before parting with her money. But she's out $300 for a used laptop that never showed up,
 

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