The drama of the Alaska vote count has intensified as Lisa Murkowski has pulled ahead of Joe Miller. Miller is contesting some of the write-in votes in a lawsuit. Murkowski also took some serious shots at former governor Sarah Palin. Murkowski gaining lead in Alaska vote count Lisa Murkowski has pulled ahead of Joe Miller
The BP oil spill has yet to be stopped, and it was reported that an oil slick will soon be covering the coast of Florida. Oil was spotted a few miles off the Florida coast, and it is believed that within a few days, there will be an oil slick on the Western Panhandle of
A committee of the Food and Drug Administration has recommended that the approval for Avastin to be marketed as a breast cancer drug be pulled. A new round of clinical testing revealed the drug had little or no effect on breast cancers, after the first round of clinical trials for the drug showed positive results.
There is a class of people called “unbanked” who do not get a lot of media attention. The unbanked are people who have no bank account of any kind. The number of services catering to them, such as the payment management system PayNearMe, is growing. Payment system and convenience chain form partnership There is a
The world has been patiently watching the unfolding saga of the Chilean miners trapped in a mine. It was established early on that some miners in the Chilean mine had survived, but it would take a long time before they could be rescued. Officials and advisers from NASA have been dispatched to the site to
There is always debate on whether to rent or to buy, and the cost of renting is going up. More people are electing to rent apartments, and vacancies have plummeted nationwide among rental properties. Landlords have also begun charging current tenants more. Rental vacancies falling as more people turn to rentals The number of rental
This year, H&R Block will not be offering any short term loans against tax refunds. Refund Anticipation Loans, or RALs, are loans lent by a preparer against a potential refund, less a fee. The banking partner of the company was forced out of offering the loans by regulatory bodies. No more short term loans from
Google’s homepage today honors the memory of Rosa Parks. The Google Doodle for Dec. 1 commemorates Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on December 1, 1955. Parks was a key figure in the Civil Rights movement of the mid-20th century. Google Doodle celebrates Rosa Parks Occasionally, Google will bestow a Google Doodle, an
On Monday, Jan. 17, the annual observance of Martin Luther King Day will be held. The day is the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a key figure in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans. It is a federal holiday, and most federal offices will close, as will banks.
Every year, thousands of American families plan a fun getaway that often involves extensive travel and locations like theme parks. However, the cost of vacations is rising as things such as amusement parks and flights are becoming more expensive. Cost of Disneyland getting less enchanting Disneyland, the “Enchanted Kingdom,” is practically a Mecca for American
The northeast coast of Australia is bracing for the landfall of Cyclone Yasi. Yasi is a tropical storm heading for the already battered state of Queensland, which recently experienced some of the worst flooding on record. The storm has roughly the same force as Hurricane Katrina. Cyclone Yasi about to batter coast of Queensland The
Overdraft and account fees are the way banks get a lot of instant cash from their customers. Granted, a fee of some sort is not unreasonable in some situations. However, bank fees generate quite the pay day for the typical banking institution. Fees rise as laws force banks to find more instant cash Legislation passed
Scientists and investigators have been unable to determine the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 anthrax attacks. The anthrax spores used in the attacks are similar to a strain grown in the laboratory of Bruce Ivins but not completely identical. Ivins committed suicide before he could be prosecuted. National Academy of Sciences contradicts
After the Greek debt crisis began to wreak havoc in European financial markets, a series of stress tests were devised to see whether European banks could handle any further shocks. After the tests were administered, it was determined that seven major European banks could not handle further strains as they did not have sufficient reserves
The dismal saga of the real estate industry in America continues, and despite the occasional bright spot, there is still plenty of bad news to go around. Sales were boosted for some time by the home buyer tax credit. Foreclosures were barely helped by the loan modification program from the government. Not only did few
Some people have the idea that the payday advance industry does not compete for prices. In fact, many suspect lenders collaborate to keep prices and profits high at the expense of consumers. This case has been argued, citing the near uniformity of the price of the typical payday advance. However, those who make these claims
It is getting harder for students to make payments on the loans they borrowed to pay for an education. The default rate on students’ personal loans is rising nationwide, and lenders, including the federal government, are not forgiving despite a tough economic climate. Loan payments not as expensive as having to lawyer up The U.S.