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  • new storyHospice chain settles whistleblower suit for $5.9 million 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 9:08 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - A chain of hospices in four states has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit concerning overbilling for $5.9 million.

  • Lawyer who operated debt settlement scam sentenced 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 8:20 pm

    GREENBELT, Maryland - A lawyer who prosecutors say continued to operate a debt settlement scam after he lost his license to practice has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison.

  • BYU health plan doesn't meet US contraception, cost rules 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 6:36 pm

    SALT LAKE CITY - Some students at Brigham Young University could face hundreds of dollars in fines if they stay on the school's student health plan, which doesn't comply with federal law in part because it doesn't cover birth control.

  • US small businesses feel mixed impact from China's economy 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 3:52 pm

    NEW YORK - China's economic problems have been a windfall for some U.S. small businesses - and pose a threat to others.

  • Q&A: What to expect from the Fed on interest rates 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 1:08 pm

    NEW YORK - This month's Federal Reserve policy meeting could signal the end of an era.

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.89 percent 
    Updated: Sep-03-15 10:57 am

    WASHINGTON - Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week after a sharp drop the previous week, as global markets continued to whipsaw amid economic disruption in China and uncertainty over Federal Reserve interest-rate policy.

  • The Latest: Child care restoration fails in Illinois House 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 6:17 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times local):

  • Officials begin process of dissolving Belleville Township 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 5:07 pm

    BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Illinois - Officials in a southwestern Illinois community have cleared the first hurdle in dissolving the 130-year-old township.

  • Car deals abound - if you want a 2015 model 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 2:41 pm

    DETROIT - If you're looking for a bargain on a new car - and you're not too picky about getting the latest model - September is the time to buy.

  • Flint: Judge's ban on water shut-offs is having big impact 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 8:34 pm

    FLINT, Michigan - Flint officials say more customers aren't paying for water after a judge barred the city from shutting off service because of unpaid bills.

  • Kansas tax collections $30M short of expectations in August 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 7:20 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas collected $30 million less in taxes than anticipated last month, though officials said Tuesday that larger-than-expected income tax refunds were most of the reason.

  • Correction: Financial Markets-Herd Mentality story story has photos
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:49 pm

    NEW YORK - In a story Aug. 31 about investors selling emerging-market investments, The Associated Press erroneously shortened the name of a fund that tracks commodity producers. The correct full name is the FlexShares Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index Fund.

  • Court: For Medicare purposes, family count includes spouse 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 3:38 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is illegally excluding spouses from the definition of family when determining eligibility for state assistance, a federal appeals court said in a Tuesday ruling that advocates estimate could affect up to 100,000 people.

  • Tech Tips: Windows 10 privacy settings worth checking 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 3:13 am

    SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft's new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords.

  • Analysis: Holes and worries emerge in Louisiana's budget 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 4:46 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - As lawmakers patched their way through this year's budget, many of them talked as if they had drawn up a six-month plan, fully expecting Louisiana's next governor to come in with a broader blueprint for fixing the state's financial mess.

  • Illinois investigates parole board members' bankruptcies 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 1:44 pm

    BELLEVILLE, Illinois - Illinois is investigating bankruptcy filings by two state parole board members after recent newspaper reports highlighting the personal financial problems of several political appointees.

  • State says lease payments to end soon on idle rail cars 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 12:34 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - Michigan has reached an agreement with a railroad to end $3,000-a-day lease payments on train cars that are resting in a rail yard, an official said.

  • How do schools calculate new stipends for college athletes? 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 10:50 am

    For the first time, the NCAA is allowing college athletes to receive money in their scholarships to cover the so-called cost of attendance, those expenses beyond tuition, room and board, books and fees that come with attending school.

  • Amnesty program for delinquent Missouri taxpayers to begin 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 10:41 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Hundreds of thousands of delinquent Missouri taxpayers will get the chance to pay back taxes without penalties or interest as part of a temporary amnesty program that's expected to bring in about $75 million.

  • Memphis woman teaches Girl Scout troop life skills 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 2:58 pm

    MEMPHIS, Tennessee - The Pink Eagles are like a Girl Scouts troop created just for Memphis. For the past seven years, the nonprofit has helped area girls ages 5 to 19 build self-confidence, leadership skills and financial literacy. The weekly meetings and seasonal events are free for the participants thanks to the leadership of founder Loretta McNary.

  • Pair of southwest Ohio colleges await accreditation status 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 11:27 am

    WILBERFORCE, Ohio - Two small higher education institutions in southwestern Ohio are waiting to learn their accreditation status, necessary for students to be eligible for certain types of financial aid.

  • Recalls this week: Rotary tools, mowers, bicycles 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 2:07 pm

    A line of rotary tools that can overheat and melt are among this week's recalled consumer products. Other products being recalled include mowers with leaky gas tanks and defective bicycles.

  • A Q&A with Wall Street's top psychiatrist on market turmoil 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 12:48 pm

    NEW YORK - When it seems like the stock market has lost its mind, big banks and investment firms often turn to one particular psychiatrist: Richard Peterson, CEO of MarketPsych, a firm that applies research from behavioral science to financial markets.

  • ACLU sues to block sweeping Nevada education funding program 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:56 pm

    CARSON CITY, Nevada - A Nevada education funding program that's considered the nation's broadest school choice initiative attracted its first legal challenge Thursday, with three civil liberties groups saying it violates the state constitution by releasing public funds to religious schools.

  • Advocacy group's CEO sees new issues with Kansas welfare law 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:50 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Parts of Kansas' new welfare law appear to conflict with federal rules for state child care programs, potentially jeopardizing more than $40 million a year in federal funds, an advocacy group's leader said Thursday.