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Washington • Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau …

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    A top Utah economist predicts Salt Lake County’s real estate markets will see a healthy 2015, even as the U.S. Federal Reserve is signaling a possible...
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  • FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2014, photo, travelers use a charging station at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. While the common lithium-ion battery that’s used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years, the demand that us gadget addicts are placing on these batteries has soared. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) Got Battery? No quick fix yet in battery research
    At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Ca...
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  • This undated image provided by SlingTV shows a view of the network miniguide on the Sling TV app.  The Sling TV service is aimed at people who have dropped cable or satellite service or never had it. (AP Photo/Sling TV) Review: Good price, limited functions with Dish Network’s online Sling TV
    Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash recently when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its re...
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  • Ida May Fuller: First Social Security recipient
    Ludlow, Vt. • Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security pa...
    Updated Jan 30 2015 06:06 pm   |     |   Share


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