Sorry for your loss. Now, pay off your student loan

Many borrowers are not aware of a clause in their contracts

Sorry for your loss. Now, pay off your student loan

Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. The Consumer Financial Protect Board says lenders have clauses in their contract that explain this could happen, but many borrowers are not aware of them. The agency’s […]

Rick Perry under investigation for abuse of power

Critics call Perry a brash governor who's gotten too accustomed to dictating to others

Rick Perry under investigation for abuse of power

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential […]

TV networks fight startup that threatens their dominance

Networks see competition as a threat

TV networks fight startup that threatens their dominance

Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being. The battle has moved out of viewers’ living rooms, where Americans once marveled at their ability to pop […]

Militias in America: Be afraid, be very afraid

“Do laws no longer apply when the radical right no longer agrees?”

Militias in America: Be afraid, be very afraid

Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert. He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militiamen, […]

‘Heartbleed’ virus may affect Obamacare web site

The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet

‘Heartbleed’ virus may affect Obamacare web site

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the […]

Atheist sues to get license place that says ‘8THEIST’

She tried using the phrase "BAPTIST" as a test. It was accepted.

Atheist sues to get license place that says ‘8THEIST’

A New Jersey woman who says she was denied a license plate referencing atheism filed suit this week, claiming her online application was rejected because it was deemed potentially offensive. Shannon Morgan, of Maurice Township, said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that the Motor Vehicle Commission violated her First Amendment rights when its website […]

Keystone Pipeline review? Maybe after midterms

Republicans were quick to blast the latest delay in a review process

Keystone Pipeline review? Maybe after midterms

The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in but cited a […]

Raising wages would cost business $15 billion

Republicans oppose the measure because they say it would drive up business costs

Raising wages would cost business $15 billion

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday. The nonpartisan budget office’s estimate could be used as ammunition by Republicans, who largely oppose the measure because […]

Few audits of big business partnerships by the IRS

Some of Wall Street's largest hedge funds and private equity firms are largely escaping close scrutiny

Few audits of big business partnerships by the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday. That means some of Wall Street’s largest hedge funds and private equity firms are largely escaping close scrutiny by the IRS, said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. The Government Accountability Office says the number of large […]

Homeland Security issues new asylum claim rules

It does not substantially change the standard for how the immigration agency handles such cases

Homeland Security issues new asylum claim rules

The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims. The chief of the asylum division at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has told asylum officers that immigrants who make a “credible fear” claim, the […]

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