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Effective Ways of Increasing Bank Lending

Capital Access has become more elusive than ever. Why? Because of a kneejerk reaction in 2010 by Congress responding to the subprime mortgage crisis by passing the colossal mass of regulations known as the Dodd–Frank bill.

Time to End Predatory Career College Loans

Are you tired of complaining to family and friends about things you feel powerless to change? Or, as college costs continue to climb and student loan debts increase, do you or someone you know feel helpless that your opinion could ...

$90 Million-Plus Lost to Foreclosure Scams

Earlier this month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged an organization known as Freedom by Faith Ministries with defrauding more than 100 consumers in Southeast Michigan. The alleged crime: foreclosure rescue scams.

'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.

Nigeria: Economy $510 billion, biggest in Africa

Nigeria's recalculated economy is worth $510 billion, by far the biggest in Africa, officials announced Sunday using long overdue revised data that gives the West African nation continental bragging rights but does little for the 70 percent of its citizens ...

U.S. Created a Cuban Twitter to Overthrow Government - Report

The U.S. government secretly created a Twitter-like social media service to subvert Cuba's communist government, according to an investigative report by the Associated Press.

Playing college sports: A long, tough job

Colleges consider playing a sport an extra-curricular activity. But as last week's National Labor Relations Board ruling on Northwestern University's football players makes clear, playing a sport isn't like being a member of the stamp club.

Ga. eyeing recruitment at annual tech, media fest

A group of Atlanta entrepreneurs, economic development officials and others are at the annual technology and entertainment festival South by Southwest Interactive to market the region as a startup and mobile media hub.

African-American Salons Deal with Cultural Shifts

For well over a decade, Ronald Reid counted on the rush of customers for these special occasions, until, he said, salons run primarily by immigrants from the Dominican Republic flooded the market and poached many of his clients, offering them ...

Female Leadership Points the Way

From black inventors like Elijah McCoy, whose invention enabled trains to roll along America’s rail lines without having to stop for engine oiling, to Lewis Lattimer who worked in the laboratories of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, African ...

Banks Bid Farewell to Payday Loans

More good news keeps coming for consumers in early 2014. On the heels of new mortgage rules that took effect January 10, the following week four banks making payday loans pulled their products from the market.

Buffett backs $1 billion NCAA bracket contest

Warren Buffett might be the epitome of the cautious investor, but he's betting $1 billion on this year's NCAA tournament.

How Beats headphones changed the audio world

The University of Georgia junior first got a pair of Beats by Dre Studio headphones for Christmas in 2008. They were a revelation, she says, especially for someone used to Apple earbuds.

Music Sparks Great Awakening for Elders With Dementia

Music & Memory, the non-profit "re-awakening" elders with dementia through the use of music and iPods, scored an unlikely video hit last year that's been viewed more than seven million times.

Ally paying $98M to resolve US auto-loan claims

Ally Financial Inc. is paying $98 million to resolve U.S. government claims that minority borrowers were charged higher rates on its auto loans than whites with similar credit histories.