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Retailing Chains Caught in a Wave of Bankruptcies

a shared story    423 weeks 5 days 14 hours 49 minutes ago
The consumer spending slump and tightening credit markets are unleashing a widening wave of bankruptcies in American retailing, prompting thousands of store closings that are expected to remake suburban malls and downtown shopping districts across the country. Since last fall, eight mostly midsize chains — as diverse...(more) 




Food Costs Rising Fastest in 17 Years

a shared story    423 weeks 5 days 14 hours 52 minutes ago
Maybe the candidates should consider talking about an issue for a change instead of dragging everyone down. Here's a suggestion, from the story: "Steve Tarpin can bake a graham cracker crust in his sleep, but explaining why the price for his Key lime pies went from $20...(more) 




AIG crisis could be tip of an insurance iceberg

a shared story    373 weeks 6 days 19 hours 1 minute ago
When insurance giant American International Group Inc. imploded last fall, the firm's problems were quickly blamed not on its core insurance business, but on an obscure operation that traded exotic mortgage securities. But as the economic crisis has deepened, it has become clear that AIG's problems extend...(more) 




US Foreclosure Filings Nearly Double in September

a shared story    450 weeks 3 days 6 hours 32 minutes ago
Foreclosure filings across the U.S. nearly doubled last month compared with September 2006, as financially strapped homeowners already behind on mortgage payments defaulted on their loans or came closer to losing their homes to foreclosure, a real estate information company said Thursday. 




AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs

a shared story    388 weeks 4 hours 29 minutes ago
Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals. 



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Citigroup Buys Banking Operations of Wachovia

a shared story    399 weeks 6 days 9 hours 34 minutes ago
Citigroup has agreed to buy Wachovia’s banking operations for $1 a share, a move that that would concentrate power within the nation’s banking industry in the hands of a few giant lenders.  




The American mood: Is the angst bottoming out?

a shared story    372 weeks 1 day 5 hours 33 minutes ago
Friday night in northern New Jersey, circa April 2009, offers clues to prove any theory about the American economic meltdown, depending on what you want to believe. Just like so many places these days. 




FHA's dilemma - back loans, stay solvent

a shared story    333 weeks 1 day 2 hours 27 minutes ago
Keally McBride and her husband both have good jobs and credit scores, but they would not have been able to buy their three-bedroom home in Oakland's Grand Lake area if not for Federal Housing Administration insurance that allowed them to put down just 3.5 percent. 



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On brink of financial collapse, state lawmakers struggle with budget passage

a shared story    379 weeks 6 days 20 hours 21 minutes ago
Lawmakers continued struggling to pass a budget this afternoon after working nearly around the clock to end a three-month impasse that has brought California to the brink of fiscal collapse. An all-night legislative session failed to yield enough Republican votes for the spending plan, as GOP legislators...(more) 



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Mediator: In the Hamptons, a Small-Town Paper Is a Beacon in the Mayhem

a shared story    1 hour 16 minutes ago
The East Hampton Star is a 131-year testament to the central role that local, family-owned newspapers can still play. 



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ConAgra Foods stock seen rising 30 percent: Barron's

a shared story    3 hours 16 minutes ago
NEW YORK (Reuters) - ConAgra Foods' stock could climb up to 30 percent in the coming months as the U.S. packaged food company seeks to shed businesses, improve existing brands and achieve lower overheads, Barron's said in its latest online edition.  




Bikes help commuters get around gas prices

a shared story    411 weeks 5 days 7 hours 33 minutes ago
High gasoline prices are fueling bicycle sales, and on some days Michael Hall's blood pressure. At least three times a week, Hall pedals to his job in Hollywood from his home in northern Glendale, a 25-mile round-trip commute that is faster on two wheels than four. "It's definitely...(more) 



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