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Justice Department faces off in court against Joe Arpaio

Controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio is being sued by the Justice Department. The suit says Arpaio won't cooperate with civil rights investigations.
Photo of Joe Arpaio

Will it be the bankers or us who survive the recession?

Alex Jones (founder of Infowars) wants each American to ask a fundamental question: “Will it be the bankers or us who remain free?”
Cartoon rendering of a big banker pushing the little man down.

Legal spat over financial protection bureau continues

The legal battle over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues, as legislators try to gut the agency before it starts operating.
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Payday loan APR Fees and How They Compare To Other Financing Rates

A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.
A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.

Montcoal West Virginia mine explosion | Massey Energy questioned

Montcoal WV has been rocked by a coal mine explosion that killed 25. Mine owner Massey Energy has been cited for multiple safety violations.
Checking methane levels in a coal mine

Convenient short term loans remain a target of financial reform

The financial reform bill doesn't regulate payday lenders, but a consumer agency in the bill may end convenient access to short term credit.
A frustrated consumer with his credit card bill

Cybersquatter still spoofing FluidNow for a quick payday

FluidNow helps unemployed Florida workers claim their unemployment. Sadly, an unscrupulous cybersquatter is STILL taking advantage…
An unsavory young man is fanning the dollars and (perhaps) looking forward to taking advantage of Florida's unemployed via a spoof of www.fluidnow.com.

Installment Loans Online and How They Differ From The Average Payday Loan

One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.
One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.

New Fed proposal takes aim at excessive debit card swipe fees

The Fed wants to bring swipe fees closer to what it costs banks to process debit card transactions, as required in the financial reform bill.
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April Magolon sues Disney, accuses Donald Duck of groping

April Magolon is suing Disney over a claim that she was groped by Donald Duck. He isn't the first Disney theme park character to be accused.
A family – not that of April Magolon – is greeted by Donald Duck at a Disney theme park attraction. Honestly, Donald appears menacing.

The Ease and Convenience of Short Term Loans Needs To Be Managed In A Smart Way

It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.
It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.

A credit card cash advance can really cost you

Credit card cash advance fees are rising. The risk inherent in typical cash advances can actually be gotten around using a payday loan.
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BP advertising budget exceeds $1 million per week

BP will have to answer to Congress over claims that it's spending more than $1 million per week on brand ads while oil spill cleanup goes on.
A wilted caricature of the BP corporate logo.

Full body scanner images expose private individuals on the web

Full body scanner images that were improperly saved showed up online, adding a dimension to the invasion of privacy posed by the machines...
image from z-backscatter scanner

What You Need To Know To Keep From Getting Trapped By Cash Advance Addiction

Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.
Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.

SAT Scores | College Board releases results

SAT Scores are available from the College Board. Do these scores really indicate how well students will do in college - or life? READ MORE...
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Saving Emergency Money for Retirement Can be hurt by Job Hopping

Saving emergency money for retirement can be more difficult for the new generation of job hoppers.

Instant Approval Doesn’t Always Mean Cash Now

Consumers looking for cash now won’t always find it with “instant approval” credit cards.

No Credit Check Personal Loans From The Comfort Of Home - A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.
Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.

Get clutter under control for the holidays

Get clutter under control for the holidays and the new year, and find inner peace with a few basic tips, courtesy of Psychology Today...
Photo of a person who appears to be drowning in the sea of a cluttered room.