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Waiting Game: Why Small Businesses Won't Hire

Despite an improving economy, small businesses are still holding off adding staff and many companies say they have no plans to hire.


U.S. Consumer Confidence Rose in May

U.S. consumers showed a little more confidence in the economy in May than they did in April, as optimism grows about future hiring and income gains.


Durable Goods Orders Give Stocks a Boost

U.S. stock futures pointed higher Tuesday after orders for big-ticket items unexpectedly rose last month. The stock market looks poised to close out the month of May at record highs.


Are Big Health Insurance Rate Hikes in the Future?

There is no question health insurance rates will be going up in 2015 but how much remains up for debate.


Auto Parts Price-Fixing Probe Rattles Industry

A price-fixing scandal in the automotive industry has cost consumers millions in higher prices and turned into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever.


Julian Castro Leaves Uncertain Texas Future Behind

The San Antonio mayor, who will become the nation's housing secretary, is considered a rising star in politics.


Gasoline Prices Have Familiar Look as Summer Nears

If the gas prices this Memorial Day weekend look familiar it's because the price has been about the same for the past three summers.


Calif. Hispanic Students Among Most Segregated in U.S.

More than half of Hispanic students in California attend "intensely segregated" K-12 schools, according to a new report by The Civil Rights Project at UCLA.


House Tells Pentagon to Take the Money and Like It

The GOP-controlled House on Thursday overwhelmingly backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that rebuffs Pentagon plans to cut costs.


Sales of New Homes in U.S. Rose 6.4 Percent in April

U.S. new-home sales recovered in April after drooping in the previous two months, but new homes continue to sell at a slower pace than they did a year ago.


As Mutual Fund Fees Fall, Investors Smile

Good news for investors: We're keeping more of what's ours in the fourth straight year that the average expense ratio fell for stock mutual funds.


Leading Indicators Point to Stronger Growth in U.S.

The Conference Board's index of leading indicators posted a gain of 0.4 percent in April, showing stronger growth after a severe winter dampened activity.


First-Time Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

The number of people in the U.S. who filed for first-time unemployment assistance last week rose by 28,000 to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, dampening optimism over the strength of the labor market, data showed on Thursday.


Fed Board Discusses End of Economic Stimulus

The Federal Reserve has begun to discuss ways to pull back the extraordinary stimulus it's provided the U.S. economy since 2008, but Fed officials haven't set a timetable for any increase in interest rates.


Airlines Pressed to Disclose Bag, Seat Fees

The Transportation Department is proposing that airlines be required to disclose fees for checked bags, assigned seats and carry-ons so consumers know the true cost of flying.


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