Look how much feds pay to monitor media ...

by Steve Peacock -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's monitoring of how the media reports on the U.S. Department of State is about to cost taxpayers $173,000 – and that's just for more…

Emergency-fund basics

by Dave Ramsey -- Dear Dave, My husband and I are in pretty good shape financially. We make about $250,000 a year with about $50,000 in the bank and no debt, and more…

Countrywide won influence with discounts

by -NO AUTHOR- -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation’s foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of more…

30-year mortgage rates dip to 3.62%

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) The average interest rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage hit another low this week. For anyone counting, that means the interest rate has matched or more…

Corn crops 'abandoned' in Midwest

by -NO AUTHOR- -- HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — Across a wide stretch of the Midwest, sweltering temperatures and a lack of rain are threatening what had been expected to be the nation’s largest more…

Canada bans foreign strippers

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Japan Today) Foreign strippers will no longer be permitted to bare their breasts and shake their booties in Canada, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday. Foreigners intending to more…

Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (CNN) Last year, Gideons International distributed more than 84 million printed copies of the Bible around the world to students, hospitals, members of the military and, of course, more…

Lights go dim on another energy project

by -NO AUTHOR- -- (Washington Times) A geothermal energy company with a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration for an alternative energy project in Nevada - which received hearty endorsements more…