Personal finance

This June 20, 2019, photo shows an existing home is offered for sale in Rutledge, Ga. On Thursday, June 27, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
June 27, 2019 - 11:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week. It was the seventh decline in the past nine weeks for the key 30-year, fixed-rate loan, which reached its lowest level since November 2016. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark 30-year mortgage...
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Former Honolulu police chief Louis Kealoha, right, his wife, former deputy prosecutor Katherine Kealoha, center, and her attorney Earle Partington, left, walk out of federal court in Honolulu on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Prosecutors say the couple abused their positions in an attempt to silence a relative who could have exposed the financial fraud that funded their lavish lifestyle. Closing arguments were being held Tuesday in the conspiracy trial against the Kealoha's, considered the largest public corruption trial ever in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
June 25, 2019 - 8:28 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The former police chief of Honolulu and his wife, a former deputy prosecutor, abused their positions in an attempt to silence a relative who could have exposed the financial fraud that funded their lavish lifestyle, a U.S. prosecutor said Tuesday. The contention came during closing...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony where he will sign an executive order that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down, at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 24, 2019 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. For example, if a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during an interview with The Associated Pressin New York. Administration officials say President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Monday that calls for hospitals to disclose upfront actual prices for common tests and procedures. Azar says it will give patients information that they can use to keep costs down. For example, if a hospital charges $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test might cost $550 in a doctor’s office, the patient might go for the lower price to save on copays. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
June 24, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to help save money. For example, if a...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, April 17, 2019 town manager Glenn Spivey crosses Jones Street in Trenton, N.C. Eight months after Hurricane Florence inundated North Carolina, communities such as Trenton illustrate the slow and uneven pace of recovery. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
June 22, 2019 - 12:03 pm
TRENTON, N.C. (AP) — Nine months after Hurricane Florence inundated much of eastern North Carolina, the tiny town of Trenton is still struggling to rebuild as a new hurricane season begins. The Jones County courthouse and jail have yet to reopen. Judges hear cases in county office buildings and...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a conference involving its review of its interest-rate policy strategy and communications in Chicago. On Wednesday, June 19, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement and updated economic projections. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
June 17, 2019 - 10:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell has tantalized the financial world with the prospect that the Federal Reserve he leads may soon cut interest rates for the first time in over a decade. Probably not quite yet, though. When the Fed issues a policy statement Wednesday and Powell holds a news conference...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign house party, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Windham, N.H. Candidates including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed plans to eliminate tuition at public colleges and universities, while former Vice President Joe Biden and others back plans for free community college. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
June 16, 2019 - 12:56 pm
After receding from the national stage, the free college movement is resurfacing as a central rallying point for Democrats as they set their sights on the White House. At least 18 of the party's 23 presidential contenders have come out in support of some version of free college . Sen. Elizabeth...
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Women protest during a nationwide women's strike in Lucerne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019. There is list of several reasons motivating people to take part in the strike. These range from unequal wages to pressures on part-time employees, the burden of household work and sexual violence. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 9:44 am
GENEVA (AP) — Women across Switzerland walked off the job, burned bras and blocked traffic Friday in a day of demonstrations to demand fairer pay, more equality and an end to sexual harassment and violence. It was the first such protests in the Alpine nation in 28 years. Discontent over sexism and...
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June 13, 2019 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is expanding options for employers to use special accounts to help workers buy their own health insurance, upgrade job-based coverage, or choose low-cost plans with limited benefits, officials said Thursday. The tax-free individual accounts are called "...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, a sold sign is shown in front of a home in Surfside, Fla. On Thursday, June 13, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
June 13, 2019 - 10:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week, after six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage held steady from last week at 3.82 percent, its lowest...
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