Personal finance

December 13, 2018 - 3:57 am
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court has ruled that a fee all German households have to pay to finance the country's public broadcasters complies with EU law. The European Court of Justice decided Thursday the system, which allows broadcasters to enforce collection, doesn't constitute...
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In this Nov. 28, 2018, photo, a realtor sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Nov. 29, Freddie Mac reports on the week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 06, 2018 - 10:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week amid a steep decline in stock prices. Continued slides in the stock market and tumbling oil prices have been pushing mortgage rates lower, although home borrowing rates remain much higher than a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says...
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This July 14, 2018 file photo shows workers at the FanDuel sports book at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., preparing to take bets moments before it opened. FanDuel on Nov. 30 paid off on bets customers made on Alabama to win the national college football championship a month before the game is played. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
November 30, 2018 - 7:48 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Roll in dough, Tide! FanDuel sportsbook is paying out bets from people who picked Alabama to win the college football national championship — over a month before the game will be played. The company announced Friday night it is treating the top-ranked Crimson Tide as the...
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The Capitol is seen early morning in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 30, 2018 - 6:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package to limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns. The legislation, called H.R. 1, sets the tone for Democrats as...
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FILE- In this April 23, 2018, file photo advertising signs point out completed new homes, homes under construction as well as lots for new homes in Glen Allen, Va. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in October. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
November 28, 2018 - 10:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 8.9 percent in October, as the number of newly built, unsold homes sitting on the market climbed to its highest level since 2009. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 last month...
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Sen. Lamar Alexander listens as Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks to students at Sevier County High School, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Sevierville, Tenn. The pair spoke about the newly launched myStudentAid mobile application. (Robert Berlin/The Daily Times via AP)
November 27, 2018 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that ballooning student debt has caused a "crisis in higher education," and that the traditional path to college might not be the best choice for all students. DeVos made the comments in Atlanta at a training conference for the...
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue looks over some of damage during a tour of fire ravaged Paradise, Calif. Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, toured the town destroyed by a wildfire that took the lives of more than 80 people and discussed the need for more aggressive forest management policies to mitigate damage from future wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
November 27, 2018 - 1:12 am
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Costs associated with a deadly Northern California wildfire will likely be in the billions, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday as he returned to the town of Paradise, saying he has never witnessed such devastation. "There's a lot of things I'd rather spend this...
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Specialist Matthew Greiner works at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Global markets are rising Monday as big technology stocks recover some of their recent losses and retailers and travel companies climb on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
November 26, 2018 - 3:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Global stocks rose Monday after taking big losses last week. Major technology companies recovered some of their recent losses and retailers and travel companies climbed on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season. Major indexes in the U.S., Europe and Asia all...
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People wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
November 24, 2018 - 5:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been easy to turn on their computers at home over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands of shoppers flocked to stores on Thanksgiving or woke up before dawn the next day...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2018, file photo, packages from Internet retailers are delivered with the U.S. Mail in a apartment building mail room in Washington. Shoppers going online to score after-Thanksgiving deals and begin their holiday shopping will increasingly find they’re being charged sales tax at websites where they weren’t before. The reason: the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File)
November 23, 2018 - 11:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they're being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren't before. The reason: the Supreme Court. A June ruling gave states the go-ahead to require more companies to collect sales tax on online purchases. Now,...
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