A foot model displaying one of Lindsay Phillips' Switchflops products.

Switchflops: A high school art project turned big business

As summer comes to rest beneath the first wave of autumn leaves, most casual footwear enthusiasts abandon their old vanilla flip flops. But Lindsay Phillips, 25, had a different, more fashionable idea. Back when she was 16 and in high school in Tampa, Fla., Phillips designed flip flops with interchangeable straps for fashionable flair as
tax refund checks are being phased out by tax refund debit cards

Tax refund cards will help the unbanked get their money faster

Tax refunds for people without bank accounts are becoming a problem in the era of electronic banking and tax filing. The Treasury Department thinks tax refund debit cards could be the solution. People without bank accounts, the so-called “unbanked” or “underbanked,” don’t benefit from the electronic funds transfer of a tax refund to a bank
Oil rig platform

Vermillion oil rig explosion hits Gulf of Mexico drilling site

An oil rig explosion has occurred at a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Only one person was injured, and no fatalities occurred. The cause of the blast is not yet known. The oil rig explosion took place close to Vermillion Bay, on the coast of Louisiana. The rig, owned by Mariner Energy, is several
Earl and Danielle

Hurricane Earl path heads straight for East Coast

The tropical storm that has come to be called Hurricane Earl has been watched closely since it began gathering force in the Caribbean. Earl was first a Category Three hurricane and is now a Category Four storm. The Hurricane Earl path has been closely watched to determine how likely it is to hit the United
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Consumers shedding debt from credit cards

Some of the good news about the recession is that many Americans are wanting to tighten their belts and get rid of debt. Many are adjusting their budgets so that a little fast cash can get applied toward debt, especially toward one of the most common and expensive sources of debt. Fewer people are using
A blonde woman using a laptop to apply for bad credit loans online.

Skip the hassle and apply for bad credit loans online

If you need to borrow money but are worried about a less-than-decent credit score, apply for bad credit loans directly online. These loans are designed for people just like you who are struggling to make ends meet on bad or poor credit. The loans can be quickly and easily obtained, typically without having to first