Personal finance

In this Dec. 9, 2016, photo, Zaine Pulliam, center, stands by family friend Jewels Hudson, left, and his grandmother Madie Clark at his family home in South Charleston, W.Va. Zaine and his two sisters lost their parents to heroin overdoses. The family lives in a rural West Virginia area where drug overdoses are on the rise. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via AP)
April 01, 2017 - 11:51 am
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Belinda Crookshanks' son and daughter-in-law died of drug overdoses on the same day in April 2015 at age 35, her grief was compounded by a stark financial fact: Despite the family's limited resources, the state's indigent burial fund wasn't going to help pay to bury...
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March 30, 2017 - 11:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the rate on 30-year fixed-rate home loans declined to 4.14 percent from 4.23 percent last...
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March 28, 2017 - 9:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices jumped in January from a year earlier at the fastest pace in nearly 2 ½ years, as a tight supply of houses for sale spurred bidding wars in many cities. The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday , increased 5.7...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the Federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Trump wants to tackle tax reform, but the loss on health care deals a blow to that effort. The loss on health care deprives Republicans of $1 trillion in tax cuts, and the GOP is just as divided on what steps to take. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 25, 2017 - 11:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 file photo, Gov. Brian Sandoval receives a standing ovation at the conclusion of his state of the state address at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev. Failure of the Republican bill to overhaul Obama's health care law is welcomed by many governors, primarily in states that had expanded Medicaid. They worried that the changes to the state-federal health care program would have been passed onto their states, forcing them to spend billions more or see thousands of residents dropped from coverage.(Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
March 25, 2017 - 7:35 am
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill's...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks in support of the Republican health care bill during a TV interview in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 23, 2017 - 3:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrambling to nail down votes for the health care overhaul legislation, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment. Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. gestures during a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans’ health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America’s big income gap between the rich and everyone else. “This is a massive transfer of wealth from working families to the very richest people in this country,” said Sanders. “In this case, all the people will be forced to pay more for health insurance while billionaires get a tax break.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 23, 2017 - 3:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else. Over the past quarter century, only one group of people has seen significant...
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March 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm
How do insurance companies decide what medicines to pay for and when to pay for them? Insurers and other payers look first at how well the drug works — not its cost — when they decide whether to cover the latest treatments, according to the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager, Express...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2012, file photo, the Great Lakes Research Center is reflected in the waters of the docking area with RV Agassiz ready to go at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, Mich. The closure of a regional airport could force residents of Houghton in upper Michigan to drive eight hours to catch a flight. President Donald Trump’s budget proposes deep spending cuts to scores of domestic programs that, in some cases, risk backlash from the voters that helped propel him to the White House. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)
March 17, 2017 - 3:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The closure of a regional airport could force residents of a small town in upper Michigan to drive eight hours to catch a flight. The elimination of funding to keep the Great Lakes clean could hurt business at a waterside Ohio boating club. Cuts to the nation's flood insurance...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 16, 2017 - 5:54 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump might not make it on the ballot in 2020 in New Jersey if he doesn't disclose his tax returns under a bill approved by lawmakers. The Democrat-led Assembly on Thursday approved the legislation inspired by the Republican president's failure to disclose his...
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