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Did The Fed Help Banks While Ignoring The Risks?

The Federal Reserve shrugged off warnings and let banks pay shareholders billions of dollars in dividends last year, despite warnings from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. ProPublica investigative reporter Jesse Eisinger says banks should have been forced to set aside the money as a rainy-day cushion.
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United, Delta Upgrade Overhead Bins

People have been avoiding checked-baggage fees by carrying on bags — that includes bags too big for the overhead bins. Now United and Delta Airlines are enlarging the bins. There is some fear, however, this will prompt people to bring bags that are even larger.
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Airline Fares Tick Higher, More Hikes Expected

Air fares are up this year, and with the cost of fuel increasing, analysts are expecting more hikes in ticket prices. Fares in January were up 9 percent from the previous year.
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U.S. Economy Shows Positive Signs For Growth

The U.S. economy is improving faster than previously predicted, according to two dozen economists surveyed by the Associated Press. The economists foresee stronger growth and more hiring than they did two months ago. They also predict an unemployment rate at around 8 percent by Election Day.
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As Elkhart's Electric Dreams Fizzle, RVs Come Back

The Indiana city known as the RV capital of the world took a hit when the economy — and with it, the demand for recreational vehicles — took a nosedive. Soon, the manufacturing-dependent area had the nation's highest jobless rate. Local officials pinned recovery hopes, and a lot of government money, on electric vehicles — a bet that didn't pay off. But now the RV business is picking up again.
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Let A Stranger Drive Your Car? More Owners Say 'Yes'

Several new startups are connecting people who need a car with strangers who want to make a few extra bucks renting theirs out. Wheelz is one such peer-to-peer car-sharing company. The Silicon Valley startup is gaining traction on college campuses in the Bay Area.

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