Personal finance

February 09, 2017 - 9:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term US mortgage rates eased slightly this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans slipped to an average 4.17 percent from 4.19 percent last week. That was still sharply higher than a 30-year rate that averaged 3.65 percent for all of 2016,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2009 file photo, a pedestrian walks past the headquarters of the health insurer Cigna Corp. in in Philadelphia. A federal judge on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already concentrated insurance market, particularly for large national employers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
February 09, 2017 - 4:07 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Predicting diminished competition and likely higher costs, a federal judge rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday said the merger would significantly reduce competition in the already...
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February 08, 2017 - 10:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the merger would significantly...
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February 08, 2017 - 9:58 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday rejected Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp., saying the merger would likely lead to higher costs, less competition and diminished innovation. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the merger would significantly...
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President Donald Trump sits at his desk after a meeting with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, left, and members of his staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 08, 2017 - 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A push by a group of senior Republican statesmen for a tax on carbon to help lessen the effects of climate change is already meeting entrenched opposition from within their own party. Former Secretary of State Jim Baker went to the White House on Wednesday to gain Trump...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are considering a series of actions to stabilize health insurance markets for some 18 million people who buy their own policies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 08, 2017 - 3:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about the nearly 20 million people who buy their own health insurance policies, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are weighing how to stabilize a wobbly market, government and industry officials say. The goal is to soothe jittery insurance companies...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2017 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are considering a series of actions to stabilize health insurance markets for some 18 million people who buy their own policies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 08, 2017 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about the nearly 20 million people who buy their own health insurance policies, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are weighing how to stabilize a wobbly market, government and industry officials say. The goal is to soothe jittery insurance companies...
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President Donald Trump sits at his desk after a meeting with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, left, and members of his staff in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 08, 2017 - 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A push by a group of senior Republican statesmen for a tax on carbon to help combat the effects of climate change is already meeting entrenched opposition from within their own party. Former Secretary of State Jim Baker went to the White House on Wednesday to gain Trump...
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President Donald Trump is sworn in during a live broadcast of the inauguration as Denny Riebe, from right, Doug Dickman, Scott Reilly, and Bill Winter, play cards at the Sawmill Saloon in Prairie du Chien, Wis., Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The men who meet here for cards every morning and call themselves the Corner of Superior Knowledge are made up democrats, Trump supporters and another described as agnostic. The campaign vitriol that has cleaved apart the country has not left the same scars here, a place where talking politics is considered impolite, where wives reported not knowing how their own husbands voted and husbands said they never asked their wives. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
February 07, 2017 - 9:18 am
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — She tugged 13 envelopes from a cabinet above the stove, each one labeled with a different debt: the house payment, the student loans, the vacuum cleaner she bought on credit. Lydia Holt and her husband tuck money into these envelopes with each paycheck to whittle away...
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In a Jan. 26, 2017, photo, Monty Nye, a retired Meridian Township, Mich., firefighter still active in the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union and the International Association of Fire Fighters, poses in his office at the Michigan AFL-CIO in Lansing, Mich. Michigan is making a push to cut retiree health care and potentially move new public workers from pensions to 401(k) plans. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
February 05, 2017 - 12:38 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Struggling under the weight of pension and health care obligations, Michigan lawmakers appear ready to take another whack at public employee benefits — a move that reflects renewed determination to shift workers to 401(k)-style retirement systems, even if it happens in baby...
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