Personal spending

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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FILE- This March 24, 2018, file photo shows a sign in a Starbucks located in downtown Pittsburgh. Starbucks Corp. reports earns on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
April 26, 2018 - 7:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks' sales have not suffered over the outcry that ensued when two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store, CEO Kevin Johnson said Thursday, but he vowed to remain committed to ensuring such an incident never happens again. The coffee chain reported second-quarter sales...
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April 25, 2018 - 4:01 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina's House considering cutting electric rates used to pay for failed nuclear plants (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The South Carolina House has renewed its demand that utility customers stop paying the 18 percent fee on their bills for two nuclear...
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The hearse carrying former first lady Barbara Bush passes through members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets as it nears her husband's presidential library at the university on Saturday, April 21, 2018, in College Station, Texas. After an invitation-only funeral in Houston, Bush, who died on Tuesday, was buried at a gated plot near the library. 700 members of the Corps of Cadets lined the Barbara Bush Drive leading up to the library. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)
April 22, 2018 - 4:10 am
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Former first lady Barbara Bush has been laid to rest at her husband's presidential library in Texas. Family spokesman Jim McGrath says the ceremony was "a very brief but poignant and...
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The program for services is seen as former first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston, prior to the public visitation. (Richard Carson/Pool via AP)
April 20, 2018 - 12:02 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 11 a.m. More than 100 people are already standing in line to pay their final respects to former first lady Barbara Bush. Among them is 74-year-old Lucy Orlando, who traveled from Florida. Originally from...
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In this April 13, 2018, photo, packages from Internet retailers are delivered with the U.S. Mail in a apartment building mail room in Washington. Clicking "checkout" on an online purchase could cost more after a Supreme Court case being argued April 17. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko)
April 17, 2018 - 11:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on arguments in a Supreme Court case about businesses' collection of sales tax on purchases made on the internet: 11:30 a.m. Some Supreme Court justices are sounding concerned about doing away with a rule that has meant consumers don't get charged sales tax on some...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, talk before the start of a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The polarizing politics of abortion have burst into the congressional budget debate, overwhelming bipartisan efforts to help millions of consumers who buy their own health insurance policies get relief from soaring premiums. Lawmakers of both parties have been negotiating over a health insurance stabilization bill for months, and some experts estimate such legislation could reduce premiums by 20 percent to 40 percent, after two years of relentless increases. One of the leading Democratic negotiators, Murray, on March 19, 2018, called the Republican offer “partisan,” adding that it came as a surprise.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 19, 2018 - 8:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The polarizing politics of abortion have burst into the congressional budget debate, overwhelming bipartisan efforts to help millions of consumers who buy their own health insurance policies get relief from soaring premiums. On Monday, Senate and House Republicans released their...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Eva Stough opens the door to her tiny house, where she lives with her partner and baby, at a homeless encampment in Seattle. In the absence of legislation to incentivize the acceptance of Section 8 vouchers, politicians and advocates have been scrambling to keep up with the surge of unsheltered residents in the state. One answer in Seattle has been the so-called tiny houses, portable 120-square-foot shacks of simple wood construction, which now include seven villages with a capacity to house 350 people since its start in 2015. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 06, 2018 - 4:11 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Mindy Woods fought her way out of homelessness. It's a success story state lawmakers and advocacy groups are trying to replicate by targeting perhaps the biggest challenge faced by the homeless: rejection. Woods, 52, slept on friends' couches for eight months and had eight property...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, Manuela Barela passes crosses set up to honor those killed during the mass shooting in Las Vegas. A $31.5 million victims' fund that started as an online GoFundMe effort plans to pay $275,000 to families of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas Victims Fund announced Friday, March 2, 2018, that the maximum $275,000 also will be paid to 10 other people who were paralyzed or suffered permanent brain damage in the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
March 02, 2018 - 7:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A $31.5 million victims' fund that started as a GoFundMe effort announced plans Friday to pay $275,000 to the families of each of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas Victims Fund said the maximum $275,000 also will be paid to 10...
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FILE - This Sept. 20, 2011, file photo shows a box of General Mills' Fiber One cereal, in Philadelphia. General Mills is buying Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. in a deal valued at about $8 billion. General Mills Inc. will pay $40 per Blue Buffalo share. That's a 17 percent premium to the pet food company's Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 closing price of $34.12. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
February 23, 2018 - 1:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Cheerios also wants to fill dog bowls. General Mills said Friday that it plans to buy high-end pet food maker Blue Buffalo for $8 billion. It's a return to the pet business for the more than 150-year-old company, which used to sell food for cats, dogs and birds back in...
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