Personal spending

FILE - In this Thursday, May 10, 2018 file photo Michael Avenatti, is interviewed in New York. Avenatti, who has gained national attention as the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, is scheduled on Aug. 10 to speak at an Iowa Democratic fundraiser that has been a frequent stop for those seeking the presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 27, 2018 - 7:50 am
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, said Thursday that he now represents three additional women who he says had relationships with President Donald Trump and were paid "hush money" before the 2016 presidential election. Avenatti disclosed...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Nov. 22, 2014, Blue Bridge Benefits LLC agent Patricia Sarabia, right, and Adolfo Briceno, left, with Spanish Speaking LLC, help a potential customer with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a kiosk promoting Obama Care at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C. A new poll finds that more than half of Hispanic adults have encountered a communication barrier in the health care system. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, file)
July 27, 2018 - 2:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, and when they do they often turn to outside sources for help, according to a new study conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for...
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July 10, 2018 - 8:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says pharmaceutical company Pfizer is "rolling back price hikes, so American patients don't pay more." Trump is tweeting that he and Health Secretary Alex Azar discussed the issue Tuesday with Pfizer CEO Ian Read. Pfizer has issued a statement saying Read...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is joined by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at a news conference in downtown Los Angeles. Prominent school choice supporters are dishing out campaign money now that key state governor races have begun in earnest. Last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs donated $29,200 each, the maximum amount, to Newsom's campaign for California governor. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
July 05, 2018 - 7:24 pm
Prominent charter school supporters are dishing out campaign money, as key gubernatorial races in several states have now begun in earnest. June primary contests set up a number of state battles for governor in the midterm elections this November, with both Democratic and Republican candidates that...
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FILE- In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, packages travel on a conveyor belt for sorting at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday, June 21, 2018, that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets but is a big win for states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
June 21, 2018 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Shares in online retailers dropped, and large chains with more stores traded higher following the Supreme Court sales tax ruling. Under the old rules,...
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June 21, 2018 - 10:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection. The high...
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FILE - In this June 14, 2011, file photo, various prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J. Medicare recipients cut back on pricey brand-name drugs but they still had to spend more on such medications anyway, according to a government report that blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older people and taxpayers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 04, 2018 - 6:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare recipients filled fewer prescriptions for pricey brand-name drugs — but spent more on such meds anyway, says a government report due out Monday. It blames rising manufacturer prices for squeezing older people and taxpayers. The Health and Human Services inspector general'...
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FILE - This Oct. 24, 2016, file photo shows dollar bills in New York. Tackling your financial goals with a scrappy college student mindset could help you set aside more cash. You can trim costs and boost your savings rate by making a habit of comparison shopping, mastering the art of negotiation and more. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 29, 2018 - 9:40 am
Remember that one time you spent four years living with roommates, studying around the clock and eating microwaved ramen? While pinching pennies as a 20- or 30-something, maybe it hit you: You could save a lot by returning to that frugal student lifestyle. When you look at old bank statements from...
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This June 2017 family photo shows Pete Canfield, of Spokane, Wash., in Newport Beach, Calif. In April 2017, he had an experimental stem cell treatment at a Scottsdale, Ariz. clinic for chronic lung disease. His GoFundMe campaign had few donors, so he paid most of the $6,000 cost himself. He said the treatment did not work and his disease has progressed. (Courtesy Pete Canfield via AP)
May 08, 2018 - 1:22 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — They're the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing to help pay for medical treatment. But new research suggests duped patients sometimes crowdfund to pay for bogus stem cell treatments. A study...
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FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
April 30, 2018 - 11:02 am
The emergency fund is a bust. Millions of Americans don't have one, and some of those who do resist tapping what they've saved. I'd like to propose an alternative for both sets of people: The "oh, crap!" fund, a savings account for not-quite-emergency expenses. One of the reasons people don't have...
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