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What Is the Cost-Benefit of Pricey Colleges?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Student debt may be at a record high, but in many cases, a college degree will improve your chance of getting a good job.  A new survey by Money magazine looked at the cost-benefit analysis of colleges, and found that n

One in Three Americans Have Debts Reported to Collection Agencies

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  More than 35 percent of Americans are facing debt collectors.A study by the Urban Institute suggests that more than one in three Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, as

Modeling Shoot Brings Fast Cash, Then Decade of Aggravation

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Victoria Bond once received a call from her husband's parents asking if she knew she had been featured in their local Midwestern penny saver as the face of Dulcolax, a laxative for women. She did not.Bond spent one day in

Housing Prices Up More than Nine Percent

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Home prices are going up, but not as fast as they were rising last year.According to the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released Tuesday, house prices rose by just over 1% in May from the month before, and are selli

Wall Street: Dow, Nasdaq and S&P All Close Down

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The markets moved lower on Tuesday as investors  wait for a batch of key economic reports later this week.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 70.48 points, closing at 16,912.11. The Nasdaq fell 2.21 points to 4,442.7

Airlines Report Strong Second Quarter Earnings

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The airline industry is making more money after several difficult years during the recession. United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines all reported record second quarter profits, thanks to increased fares and fees.&ldq

Gas Prices Continue Decline Through Summer Driving Season

iStock/Thinsktock(WASHINGTON) -- For many Americans, a long distance car trip is a cheaper option than flying as gas prices are falling quickly across the country.The U.S. Energy Department says the average price of regular gas fell 5 cents a gallon last

FAA: Southwest Didn't Comply with Safety Regulations During Plane Repair

Southwest media / Stephen M. Keller (NEW YORK) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is reporting that Southwest failed to comply with federal safety regulations while making repairs to its Boeing 737's.Starting in 2006, Southwest gave 44 of its planes w

OkCupid Experimented on Users, Then Blogged About It

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Facebook's recent admission of toying with users' emotions, another site revealed Monday that it, too, likes to "experiment on human beings" -- and lie to them.OkCupid founder Christian Rudder published a bl

What Happened When 3 Politicians Tried a Minimum Wage Budget?

McDonald's press photo(WASHINGTON) -- Have you ever seen a congressman snacking on a measly tin of sardines? Or maybe a governor ordering a McChicken off the dollar menu?In Washington this week that scene was reality for three Democratic politicians who a

Virgin America Files for IPO

Virgin America Press(NEW YORK) -- Virgin America is coming to Wall Street.Virgin America has filed for an initial public offering of its shares.The California-based airline flies to 22 airports in the United States and Mexico. Its fleet of 53 planes has p

Stock Market Tries to Break Recent Losing Streak

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The stock market is trying to recover after last week's losses.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 21.77 points ending the day at 16,982.34 and the S&P 500 went up .55 to 1,978.89. Nasdaq fell 4.65 points on Monday,

Zillow Plans to Buy Trulia

Zillow/Trulia(NEW YORK) -- Zillow says it plans to buy its online real estate rival, Trulia, for $3.5 billion in an all-stock deal. “Consumers love using Zillow and Trulia to find vital information about homes and connect with the best local real es

Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar

Dollar Tree/Family Dollar | ABC News Illustration(NEW YORK) -- Dollar Tree is buying Family Dollar in a deal valued at approximately $8.5 billion.The combined company would operate more than 13,000 discount stores.Shares of Family Dollar jumped more than

Greyhound Bus Fleet Revamps, But Can a 100-Year-Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Greyhound(NEW YORK) -- Riding the bus is cool. Or, at least, that's what Greyhound, the country's largest intercity bus transportation provider, is on a mission to prove.Having celebrated its 100th birthday in May, the company has completely refurbished i

Many Still Have a Hard Time Choosing Generic Brands

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- They may not have the big recognizable names but generic brand products deliver big savings.Yet, a study by economists from the University of Chicago and Tilburg University in the Netherlands points out that many Americans ar

Women Still Vastly Underrepresented in Hollywood

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney's Frozen was the highest grossing movie of 2013 but one of its directors was an anomaly.According to a new study, Jennifer Lee was among the very, very few women who helmed a big film last year.In fact, just under tw

Tyson Foods to Close Three Facilities to Improve Business

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(SPRINGDALE, Ark.) -- Tyson Foods will close three of its facilities by the middle of 2015 in an effort to "improve the performance of its prepared foods business."According to a release from the company, Tyson will close p

Walmart Names New President and CEO of US Division

Walmart(BENTONVILLE, Ark.) -- Walmart named Greg Foran the next President and CEO of Walmart U.S. on Friday, succeeding outgoing leader Bill Simon.Foran, 53, will report directly to Walmart's President and CEO Doug McMillon, the release says. Simon will s

Stocks Dive with Disappointing Retail Reports

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street stocks took a hit Friday, ending the week with losses following disappointing news from retailers. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 123 points, finishing at 16960.57, the Nasdaq Composite lost 23 points at 4

Beware of Buying Fake Event Tickets

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're trying to see a concert -- or a game -- that's sold out, be careful. Scammers are getting better and better at making fake tickets.Capt. Shaun Mathers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office says ne

Going Public: Why Amazon's Net Income Is Less than Facebook's

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In a tale of two companies, the earnings reports of Amazon and Facebook this week show how the tech sector is playing out in vastly different ways, depending on what kind of services they offer.Amazon, which has be

Pop Culture Drinks Surge in Popularity

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Like a particularly enjoyable form of Inception, you can now drink your Game of Thrones beer while you watch...Game of Thrones. Or, sip on 50 Shades of Grey wine while you read the book (or watch the movie trailer, for that

Pittsburgh Restaurant Serves Food of Countries in Conflict with US

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- There are things you don't talk about at the dinner table, and politics is one of them. But political conversation is encouraged at one restaurant in Pennsylvania. Indeed, it inspires the cuisine.Welcome to Conflict Kitche

How 'the Cloud' Works, Why So Many People Are Perplexed by It

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You’re probably using "the cloud" already and just don’t know it.While most people have heard of the mysterious "cloud," only 29 percent say they use it, according to a report from nScreenMedia.However,

These Companies Reward You for Being Yourself

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your mother may have encouraged you to be yourself, but the advice has never meant quite as much as it does day. A growing number of apps now promise users real-life rewards on the basis of their virtual profiles.Launched ea

Twitter Has Growing Influence on Movie-Going Habits

iStock Editorial/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Twitter is putting more butts in movie seats.Although attendance at the movies is not as robust as in recent summers, a new Nielsen survey suggests that if Hollywood wants to boost sales, it should latch on to the

Don't Bet Your Bottom Dollar When Making a Purchase

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Everyone’s heard of “buyer’s remorse.” However, researchers from three colleges may have come up with a different way of explaining why we sometimes kick ourselves after making a purchase.The res

Guess Which Men Do Better in Business Negotiations

iStock/Thinkstock(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- Men, do you really want to be the owner of a wide face?Before you answer, researchers at the University of California, Riverside's School of Business Administration say guys with wider faces have an advantage when i

American Airlines Reports Record Quarterly Profit

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- American Airlines reported record quarterly earnings Thursday, detailing a net profit of $1.5 billion -- a record for any quarter in company history, according to airline representatives. The American Airline