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Charlie Crist leaves GOP and runs as an Independent

Charlie Crist surprised no one by announcing he would run as an Independent, but what does it mean for his odds of winning a Senate seat?
Florida Governor Charlie Crist

U.S. officials warn of danger in Koran burning

The planned Koran burning by the Dove World Outreach Center Church was decried by U.S. officials, saying it will endanger American troops...
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Bill Richardson to deliver decision on Billy the Kid by New Year

Bill Richardson, outgoing Governor of New Mexico, will soon decide whether to grant a pardon to dead but well-known outlaw Billy the Kid.
Billy the Kid

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.

Some homebuyer tax credits were low interest loans

Nearly a million people must repay the homebuyer tax credit they filed for. They got low interest loans for getting loans for a home.
IRS building

Rand Paul makes gaffe on Rachel Maddow

Rand Paul has opened his mouth about the Civil Rights Act and put his foot in it. What did he say on "The Rachel Maddow Show"? READ MORE...
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Tax refunds and tax fraud are increasing

The average amount of an income tax refund has increased over the past few years and so have fraudulent deductions on income tax returns.
Portrait of the 1773 "Boston Tea Party"

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.

David Paterson drops reelection bid

New York Governor David Paterson has declined to run for re-election, in light of failing polls and pervasive scandals. READ MORE...
David Paterson

State university tuition hikes to lead to more student debt

The cost of tuition for higher education is increasing, and state universities are likely to keep raising rates because of budget cuts.
University

Assange and WikiLeaks part of an old tradition

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are being condemned, but there is an old tradition of exposing secrets of the government and other high powers.
Mark Felt

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.

July deadline looming for ruling on debit card fee cap

An extension for the debit card fee cap has failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The Federal Reserve will rule on a cap on fees in July.
Debit card

Gemalto serves Android market with lawsuit

Gemalto is the latest company to sue the various makers of Android. Gemalto alleges gross patent infringement in the recently filed suit.
Android Screen

Mortgage loan closing costs on the rise

The closing costs for mortgages has gone up over the last year. It's getting more expensive to sell a home or pay off a mortgage. READ ON...
For Sale sign

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.

Mortgage rates mean low interest loans for qualified buyers

Mortgage rates are near all time lows, so people who qualify can get low interest loans for a home -- but hopeful buyers must act quickly.
Real estate office

Israeli study links clowns and IVF success by reducing stress

A study found a link between clowns and IVF success. Women visited by clowns after in-vitro fertility treatments became pregnant more often.
Clowns

Coconut Crab | Egad!

The coconut crab is a fascinating creature, but you wouldn't want one around your house. READ MORE...

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.

Shamu not to blame | the whale in question is named Tilikum

Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by one of the Shamu Orca whales at Sea World Orlando, a large bull named Tilikum. READ MORE...

Cal Berkeley saved from Title IX penalties by fundraising

Cal Berkeley students and supporters have kept the athletics department from being penalized under Title IX by aggressive fund raising.
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