Personal finance

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 photo, Lauren Nieves-Taranto, left, and husband Francisco play with their youngest child Nicolas, 4-months, at their home in Windermere, Fla. Nieves-Taranto covered the entire $8,000 bill from the birth of Nicolas last year with his account balance from a health savings account, or HSA. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
February 22, 2017 - 11:02 am
The U.S. government may soon lean on someone new to help lower health care costs: you. The idea is that when your money is on the line — and not the insurance company's — you'll look for the best value and do your part to curb national health care spending. The Affordable Care Act's fate is up in...
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This Dec. 7, 2016 file photo shows a house for sale, in Hialeah, Fla. Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January 2017 at the fastest pace since 2007. The National Association of Realtors on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, says home sales rose 3.3 percent last months from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
February 22, 2017 - 9:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. Home sales rose 3.3 percent in January from December to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.69 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Steady...
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In this photo taken Feb 9, 2017, Mike Schwarz, sole proprietor of Mike Schwarz Photography, poses for a photo in Tampa, Fla. Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides him protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
February 22, 2017 - 2:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health...
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In this photo taken Feb 9, 2017, Mike Schwarz, sole proprietor of Mike Schwarz Photography, poses for a photo in Tampa, Fla. Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides him protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
February 21, 2017 - 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. enjoyed accelerated business at its core U.S. namesake stores in the fourth-quarter, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, as it drew more shoppers, encouraging signs that its efforts to lower prices and beef services are helping to gain inroads against online leader Amazon.com. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 21, 2017 - 4:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller. Wal-Mart drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its online sales soared 29 percent in the fourth quarter, which covers the critical holiday shopping season...
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In this photo taken Feb 9, 2017, Mike Schwarz, sole proprietor of Mike Schwarz Photography, poses for a photo in Tampa, Fla. Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers provides him protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
February 21, 2017 - 1:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2017 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives with Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. on Capitol Hill in Washington, for a closed-door GOP strategy session. Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see it as a road to ruin that will mean lost coverage and bigger medical expenses for millions, particularly poorer people.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 20, 2017 - 2:15 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, then-Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, now Secretary Tom Price, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration took steps Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, intended to help calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama's health law less burdensome for some people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
February 15, 2017 - 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama's health law less burdensome for some people. But the changes could lead to policies with higher annual deductibles, according to...
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February 15, 2017 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to help calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama's health law less burdensome for some people. But the changes could lead to plans with higher annual deductibles, according to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2009, file photo, a crane hovers above the site of a new shaft under construction at the Oyu Tolgoi mine site in Khanbogd village, Umnugobi province, Mongolia. Mongolian lawmakers have told the government to take over a large, privately owned copper mine, prompting the president to warn they might scare away investors as this impoverished country tries to reverse an economic slump. (AP Photo/Ganbat Namjilsangarav, File)
February 14, 2017 - 4:39 am
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolian lawmakers have told the government to revoke a private company's purchase of a stake in a major copper mine, prompting the president to warn they might scare away investors as the country tries to reverse an economic slump. The move highlights the political...
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