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Jobless Claims Fall as Continuing Claims Reach 14-Year Low

Jobless Claims Fall as Continuing Claims Reach 14-Year Low

The number of people applying for unemployment benefits last week fell slightly, the latest sign that job gains appear to be holding. Weekly applications for jobless benefits dropped 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000, according to the Labor Department. The four-week average, the less volatile measure, increased 1,750 to 287,500. Claims have remained below 300,000 for ten weeks in a ... Read More »

States Work to Fix Healthcare Exchange Websites for Open Enrollment

States Work to Fix Healthcare Exchange Websites for Open Enrollment

Several states whose healthcare exchange websites did not work properly during last year’s open enrollment period have adopted changes for the second enrollment period that started Saturday. Across the country, state-run exchanges were having mixed success. Some state-run exchanges like Nevada and Oregon have gone under with states choosing to use the federal exchange instead. Other states, notably Massachusetts and ... Read More »

How Shoppers Can Guard Against Hackers on Black Friday

How Shoppers Can Guard Against Hackers on Black Friday

The Black Friday shopping season is only two weeks away. Many consumers worry about another major cyberattack, such as the one that hit Target during last year’s holiday shopping season. Just this week, the U.S. Postal Service announced it was hacked. In the last year, retailers like Target, Home Depot, Jimmy John’s and many others have also been affected by ... Read More »

U.N. Gun Control Treaty Causes Worry Among U.S. Pro-Gun Advocates

U.N. Gun Control Treaty Causes Worry Among U.S. Pro-Gun Advocates

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will take effect on Christmas Eve, leading some pro-gun advocates in the United States to worry that the Obama administration will use the treaty as a basis for executive action. The United States delegation to the U.N. supported the treaty, it has little chance of being ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate. According ... Read More »

Walmart Announces Black Friday Sales Plans

Walmart Announces Black Friday Sales Plans

On Wednesday, Walmart revealed its plans for the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. Like Best Buy and Target, the retailer will offer deals on electronics and it will break up Black Friday into three events that begin on Thanksgiving night. “It used to be called Black Friday, then it became Thursday, now it’s a week long,” said Walmart U.S. chief merchant Duncan ... Read More »

Obamacare Costs and Penalties to go up in 2015

Obamacare Costs and Penalties to go up in 2015

The Affordable Care Act is set to begin its next enrollment period on November 15, although some consumers may find a few surprises. Many low-cost healthcare plans under Obamacare will raise rates in 2015. Penalties for filing to get a health insurance plan will also rise steeply in 2015, which may impact many households. Investor’s Business Daily found that a ... Read More »

Credit Availability Grows for Subprime Borrowers

Credit Availability Grows for Subprime Borrowers

The most recent Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends report finds that credit crowth for credit cards is strongest among subprime borrowers. The data shows that consumers with less-than-perfect credit are becoming more interested in borrowing, while lenders are more than happy with give out credit cards. Since the recession ended five years ago, consumers have been slowly taking on more ... Read More »

Therapy Dogs Assist Veterans with Mental and Physical Disabilities

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Many veterans return home with not only physical wounds but mental wounds, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD, brain injuries and other disabilities can make it difficult for veterans to return to a normal life, many of whom deal with overwhelming anxiety. Dogs are now being trained as a therapeutic tool to help veterans calm their nerves and learn to re-enter ... Read More »

US Army Veteran Fatally Shot at Los Angeles Party

US Army Veteran Fatally Shot at Los Angeles Party

A 21-year-old Army veteran who survived his tour of duty in Afghanistan was shot and killed on a sidewalk in Los Angeles on Sunday. Francisco Garcia was shot and killed after a dispute outside the party thrown by his girlfriend. It was originally reported that the party was a homecoming in his honor and that he had been discharged just ... Read More »

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