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Last week it was the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee shaping monetary policy and investor expectations. In the week ahead, it will be the Fed’s open mouth practices at work. … more
The U.S. Defense Department says it’s monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon, as of Friday floating over the Central U.S. and underscoring mutual suspicion … more
Eating smaller meals and cutting calories is a more effective way to manage weight than intermittent fasting, when consumption is restricted to a narrow window of time. That’s the conclusion … more
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case of a Minneapolis woman in her 90s whose condo was seized by Hennepin County because she didn't pay her property taxes.The 2015 … more
U.S. mortgage rates fell to a four-month low last week, supporting more home purchases and refinancing.The contract rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage decreased 19 basis points to 6.23% in the week … more
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reintroduced a bill last week to limit senators from serving more than two six-year terms, even as he stands by plans to run for his third. The bill is a constitutional … more
Housing prices have more doubled during the past decade, and mortgage rates have done the same in less than a year. So what's a cash-strapped home buyer to do?Buy a duplex and use the rental income … more
Home prices dropped more than 11% in Cedar Park last month, while the average price of homes sold in Leander jumped by nearly 13%. And a national report showed that renting a median priced … more
A national survey revealed that key financial services — including credit cards and home loans — remain out of reach for many immigrants who are not yet U.S. citizens.But immigrants lead when it … more
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday unveiled proposed new regulations that officials said would make it easier to afford student loans payments.The changes would revamp how federal … more
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, sliding to the lowest level since September and underscoring a strong jobs market where many businesses are reluctant to let … more
Despite the increase in revolving debt carriers, Americans’ favorite credit card perk has nothing to do with their APRs. Cash back is the most-favored credit card feature, far above low APR, wide … more
Controlled substances became a little less controlled during the pandemic. That benefited both patients (for their health) and telehealth startups (to make money).Some potentially addictive … more
The recent explosion in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric across the country is dramatically affecting LGBTQ youth — especially transgender and nonbinary kids and young adults — according to a poll … more
U.S. inflation continued to slow in December, adding to evidence price pressures have peaked and putting the Federal Reserve on track to again slow the pace of interest-rate hikes.The overall … more
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to rule on extending federal civil rights law to protect workers who seek to take time off for religious observance.The justices voted to hear an appeal … more
Richneck Elementary School teacher Abigail Zwerner intends to file a lawsuit against the Newport News school division after school administrators “failed to act” before she … more
There is one troubling word that Freddie Mac’s chief economist Sam Khater uses to describe the winter 2023 housing market: weak. “The housing market remains in the doldrums with … more
Child vaccination rates dipped into dangerous territory during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools were shuttered, and most doctors were only seeing emergency patients.But instead … more
In the first real-world test of vaccine boosters specially designed to protect against the omicron variant, Israeli researchers have found that people 65 and over who got an updated jab were 81% less … more
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