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Big decisions affecting homeowners await lame-duck Congress

October 7, 2012 |

Will the mortgage debt forgiveness tax break be extended? That and other important issues will be decided during the lame-duck congressional session.

WASHINGTON — Although the news spotlight has been on the presidential debates and the Nov. 6 elections, a more pressing personal issue for large numbers of homeowners across the country involves the lame-duck congressional session scheduled to begin Nov. 13.



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New or upgraded real estate apps open more doors

October 7, 2012 |

The latest real estate apps aim to arm buyers and renters with an array of on-demand data on available properties, plus provide other functions.

For a while, it seemed as if the real estate industry was rolling out an app a day, each and every one promising to “revolutionize the way homes are bought and sold,” as their news releases routinely and breathlessly promised.



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Facebook hackathon seeks cutting-edge features

October 7, 2012 |

The social network’s regular frenzy of programming encourages Facebook employees to take risks, developing such things as chat and the ‘like’ button.

MENLO PARK — Facebook Inc. is on the outs with investors and the tumbling stock price has dented employees’ morale and personal net worth. But at 1 Hacker Way, there’s no stopping the hacker culture — or the hackathon.



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Honda announces third large recall of week – 268,000 CR-Vs

October 6, 2012 |

Honda announced its third big recall of the week Saturday, this time to correct a faulty automatic window switch in 268,000 model-year 2002-2006 CR-V sport-utility vehicles that can malfunction and start a fire. 



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Gas prices set a record in California

October 6, 2012 |

California’s average gasoline price set a record Saturday of $ 4.614 for a gallon of regular, up 12.8 cents overnight – but anyone who filled up in the last few days probably isn’t surprised. 



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SpaceX ready to resupply space station

October 6, 2012 |

In NASA’s closely watched move to private industry, the Hawthorne-based firm will launch a rocket Sunday in its first of 12 cargo missions.

Hawthorne-based rocket maker SpaceX is poised to return to the International Space Station with its Dragon spacecraft to carry out the first contracted cargo resupply flight in NASA’s history.



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Wet Seal chairman, much of board ousted

October 6, 2012 |

A takeover of the teen clothing company, orchestrated by New York private equity firm Clinton Group, comes after negotiations break down and shareholders vote to replace board members.

In a swift overhaul, top officials of troubled teen clothier Wet Seal Inc. — including the chairman — were ousted and replaced by board members handpicked by an activist shareholder that directed the coup.



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Financial planning for the average investor

October 6, 2012 |

Financial planning isn’t only for the super-rich. Average investors can get basic guidance that won’t break the bank.

Of all the challenges individual investors face, one of the toughest is finding a good financial planner.



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California gas prices may hit record

October 6, 2012 |

Pump prices soar in California after refinery outages and other problems. Some stations charge more than $ 5 a gallon, others shut down. Some analysts hope the spike will be short-lived.

California drivers are reeling from days of sharp gasoline price increases that left the state within reach of its record high. Economists warn that a prolonged period of elevated gas costs could harm consumers as the holiday shopping season kicks in.



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Steep drop in jobless rate has some Obama foes crying foul

October 5, 2012 |

The Labor Department’s unemployment report spurs some to accuse the White House of cooking the books. The Obama administration strongly denies any manipulation.

WASHINGTON — The unusually steep drop in the U.S. jobless rate just weeks before the presidential election has sparked howls of protest from some conservatives that the White House cooked the books to boost President Obama’s chances.



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