- Number of child brides to soar in Africa, say rights groups Updated: Nov-26-15 12:11 pm
JOHANNESBURG - The 14-year-old girl had just arrived home from school when her family told her to swap her school uniform for traditional wedding robes. While she had been sitting in her seventh grade classroom in South Africa, her male relatives had received a $570 bride price for her from a man she'd never met who was twice her age.
- Massachusetts Attorney General creates student loan unit Updated: Nov-24-15 3:22 pm
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office wants to do more for students and families who face mountains of student loan debt.
- US home prices jump in September by most in more than a year Updated: Nov-24-15 11:51 am
WASHINGTON - U.S. home prices rose in September from a year earlier at the fastest pace in 13 months as a lack of houses for sale has forced buyers to bid up available properties.
- Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.97 percent Updated: Nov-19-15 11:17 am
WASHINGTON - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week after two straight weeks of sharp increases. Expectations persist that the Federal Reserve may soon raise its key short-term interest rate.
- Lenders taking more borrowers to court over student loans Updated: Nov-18-15 1:01 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Fall behind on your student loans these days and you could end up getting more than hectoring phone calls and threatening letters. Some lenders are taking more people to court, attorneys say.
- Counties with the most home loan applications in Idaho Updated: Nov-08-15 1:24 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Idaho's housing economy continues to slowly climb out of the economic downturn as more people are submitting applications to buy or refinance their homes. The most populated regions received the highest amount of interest in Idaho in 2014, according to data collected from banks and mortgage companies.
- US consumer credit up a record $28.9 billion in September Updated: Nov-06-15 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumer borrowing jumped by a record amount in September, driven higher by big gains in borrowing for auto and student loans.
- US housing recovery divided on age, race and place Updated: Nov-05-15 3:30 pm
WASHINGTON - It's the most profitable time to sell a house since the Great Recession started in late 2007. But first-time buyers are increasingly scarce.
- Wells Fargo to pay $81.6M to homeowners in bankruptcy Updated: Nov-05-15 2:05 pm
Wells Fargo Bank has agreed to pay $81.6 million to settle claims that it failed to notify homeowners in bankruptcy of changes in their mortgage payments.
- Freddie Mac posts $475M loss in 3Q; no dividend payment Updated: Nov-03-15 4:02 pm
WASHINGTON - Mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported a $475 million net loss for the third quarter due to losses it sustained on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in interest rates.
- California settles debt collection suit with JPMorgan Chase Updated: Nov-02-15 5:52 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The nation's largest bank will pay $100 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging it used illegal methods to collect debts from more than 125,000 credit card holders, the state's attorney general announced Monday.
- Alabama editorial roundup Updated: Oct-28-15 1:44 pm
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