Rise and fall of the foreclosure king

Rise and fall of the foreclosure king

During the housing crash, it was good to be a foreclosure king. David Stern was Florida’s top foreclosure lawyer, and he lived like an oil sheik. He piled up a collection of trophy properties, glided through town in a fleet of six-figure sports cars and, with his bombshell wife, partied on an ocean cruiser the […]

Winter gives some the blues, makes others frisky

Winter gives some the blues, makes others frisky

Does winter weather give you the blues? Or are you the type who gets a little frisky when there’s a chill in the air? Either way, you’re not alone. Four in 10 Americans say the weather affects their mood, and winter by far is the season most likely to leave them feeling down. Still, there […]

Obama: If you don’t like me, you don’t know me

Obama: If you don’t like me, you don’t know me

President Barack Obama says he doesn’t take it personally when people say they hate him. And the thing he dislikes most about being president is the constant, intense scrutiny. “The people who dislike you don’t know you. The folks who hate you, they don’t know you,” Obama said Sunday in an interview broadcast during Fox’s […]

Egytian government pledges changes

Egytian government pledges changes

The Egyptian government pledged Monday to investigate official corruption and election fraud but thousands of protesters swore not to move from the heart of downtown Cairo until President Hosni Mubarak steps down. After two weeks of instability that pushed the most populous Arab nation to the edge of anarchy, the crisis appears to be settling […]

AOL buying Huffington Post for $315 million

AOL buying Huffington Post for $315 million

Online company AOL Inc. is buying online news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news. The acquisition announced early Monday puts a high-profile exclamation mark on a series of acquisitions and strategic moves engineered by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in an effort to […]

Green Bay takes Super Bowl 31-25

Green Bay takes Super Bowl 31-25

Forget Lombardi on Broadway. Green Bay has the newest Super Bowl hit: Aaron Rodgers. Capping one of the greatest postseasons for any quarterback, Rodgers led the Packers to their first NFL championship in 14 years Sunday with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for their legendary […]

Republicans launch risky gamble on budgets

Republicans launch risky gamble on budgets

The Republican drive to cut spending, which begins in earnest this week, marks a political gamble that the public’s hunger for smaller government will trump its appetite for benefits, subsidies and other federal support. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., calls it the “$64,000 question,” and then promptly answers it. “People will be supportive of almost any […]

Republicans going easy on budget cuts

Republicans going easy on budget cuts

Republicans now running the House are barely touching Congress’ own generous budget even as they take a cleaver to many domestic agencies. A new GOP proposal would reduce domestic agencies’ spending by 9 percent on average through September, when the current budget year ends. If that plan becomes law, it could lead to layoffs of […]

Farmers watch harsh winter destroy their way of life

Farmers watch harsh winter destroy their way of life

For Northeastern farmers long used to coping with all sorts of cold-weather problems, this winter presents a new one: snow and ice that’s bringing down outbuildings, requiring costly repairs, killing livestock and destroying supplies. Farmers in Connecticut alone have lost at least 136 barns, greenhouses, sheds and other structures as snow measured in feet, not […]

Once the king of retailers, Wal-Mart tries to regain ground

Once the king of retailers, Wal-Mart tries to regain ground

The battle for shoppers is playing out in this New York suburb: Wal-Mart versus everyone else. Dollar stores beckon, their small size ideal for quick shopping. Target offers 5 percent off if you pay with its store-branded card. Costco tempts with high-end, brand-name food and designer clothes at competitive prices. Bernadette Clark used to visit […]