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Expedia pulls the plug on American Airline tickets

Expedia pulls the plug on American Airline tickets

Expedia Inc. has stopped selling tickets on American Airlines flights, the latest twist in a simmering pricing dispute between American and travel websites. “Expedia has chosen to no longer offer American Airlines fares on its website,” American said in an statement posted on its website. “Customers looking to compare flights or fares online should visit […]

Into the verbal trashbins of history

Into the verbal trashbins of history

This story might be epic, and could even go viral, but not if Lake Superior State University has anything to do with it. Just sayin.’ The small college in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released on Friday its annual list of “banished words” — terms so overused, misused and hackneyed they deserve to be sent to […]

Mortgage lenders now cast themselves as saviors

Mortgage lenders now cast themselves as saviors

PacWest Funding’s CEO watched in late 2007 as rival mortgage brokerages, banks and collaborators collapsed under the weight of the declining housing market. Fearing his company would be next, Curtis Melone restructured his business to offer what he felt people needed most: help with their crushing mortgage debt. Melone re-christened his company Green Credit Solutions, […]

There’s a party going on…but will it be a boom or a bust

There’s a party going on…but will it be a boom or a bust

A bout of profit taking seems likely early next year after the S&P 500 ended its best December in almost two decades, but stocks may have further to run at the start of 2011. Technical indicators are pointing to a strained market, though recently stocks have been maintaining the momentum of late 2010. The potential […]

2011 arrives with so little hope, so much skepticism

2011 arrives with so little hope, so much skepticism

Nearly a million revelers crowded New York’s Times Square to witness the traditional dazzling ball drop, fireworks lit up Australia’s Sydney Harbor and communist Vietnam held a rare Western-style countdown to the new year as the world ushered in 2011. In Europe, Greeks, Irish and Spaniards partied through the night to help put a year […]

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

Pie in face for Levin brings criminal charges

An anti-war protester who hit Michigan Sen. Carl Levin in the face with an apple pie has been charged with assault. An indictment filed Thursday charges Ahlam Mohsen of Coldwater with two counts of assault against the Democrat while he was meeting with constituents in August in Big Rapids. Her friend Max Kantar of Big […]

What you paid for Medicare won’t cover costs

What you paid for Medicare won’t cover costs

You paid your Medicare taxes all those years and want your money’s worth: full benefits after you retire. Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll that they paid into the system so they deserve their full benefits — no cuts. But a newly updated financial analysis shows that what […]

Johh Mellencamp, wife, call it quits

Johh Mellencamp, wife, call it quits

John Mellencamp and his wife are calling it quits. A spokesman for the 59-year-old rocker says he and his wife of 20 years, model Elaine Mellencamp (nee Irwin), are splitting up. Publicist Bob Merlis declined to say Thursday if the couple had filed for divorce. Merlis says the Mellencamps “are proud of their 20 years […]

Baby boomers worry about medicare

Baby boomers worry about medicare

Anxious to receive their Medicare benefits after years of paying taxes into the system, baby boomers say they’re willing to sacrifice to preserve the scope and level of coverage. The first boomers will be old enough to qualify for Medicare Jan. 1, and a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds them worried about the future of […]

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost or misplaced more than $8 million in property in 2007, losing track of items including computer and video equipment, government auditors say. Agency officials said Wednesday they have corrected the lapses that led to that amount of waste. The report was released this week by the […]

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