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  • The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says state laws governing the $46 billion payday lending industry often fall short, and that fuller disclosures of the interest and fees— often an annual percentage rate of 300 percent or more— may be needed. The total includes charges often ranging from $15 to $30 per $100 borrowed. Legislators in Ohio, Louisiana and...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 1- Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men. Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to...

  • WASHINGTON— Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe. A Malaysia Airlines flight disappeared in March and has not been found. In July, another...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. The proposal, one of the main components of the $4 trillion spending plan...

  • And the next likely regional Fed presidents are... Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | 3:36 AM ET
    Matthew Rutherford, assistant secretary for financial markets at the U.S. Treasury

    A U.S. Treasury official and a director at the New York Federal Reserve are among those who have been considered to replace two hawkish Fed policymakers, according to people familiar with the searches.

  • The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn't more like a James Bond film. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich countered by accusing U.S. authorities of manufacturing a spy scandal as part of its "anti-Russian campaign." Annemarie McAvoy, a Fordham Law professor and former federal prosecutor, said the latest...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 31- Union leaders and oil companies were unable to agree on a new labor accord on Saturday for workers at 63 U.S. refineries as a deadline passed that could lead to a strike. Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead negotiator for U.S. refinery owners, has said it does not comment on details of labor negotiations. "We remain committed to resolving our differences...

  • Union strikes at 9 US refineries amid contract war Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | 12:04 AM ET
    The U.S. flag is displayed at Tesoro's oil refinery in Los Angeles, Calif.

    Union leaders called strikes on Sunday at nine U.S. refineries in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants.

  • HOUSTON, Jan 31- Union negotiators rejected the latest offer from oil companies covering workers at 63 U.S. refineries on Saturday night, just hours before a strike deadline, according to a message sent to union members. This is the fourth contract proposal rejected by the USW since negotiations for a new three-year agreement began on Jan. 21.

  • The Exxon Mobil Corp refinery in Beaumont, Texas, received a strike notice on Friday night, according to the company. The Beaumont plant was the only Exxon refinery to receive a notice. Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Motiva Enterprises refineries have not received strike notices, a spokesman said on Saturday.

  • PHILADELPHIA, Jan 31- A U.S. federal appeals court has delayed the sale of the shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City pending an appeal by a company that ran its nightclub and boardwalk dance club. The order, issued late Friday by Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Court Judge Thomas Ambro, gives attorneys for Revel until Tuesday to respond to the appeal filed by...

  • HOUSTON, Jan 31- The United Steelworkers union issued notices of a possible strike to several U.S. refineries on Friday night as the current national contract was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, sources familiar with the notices said on Saturday. The Exxon Mobil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, received a strike notice on Friday, according to a press release...

  • The plan, expected to be dismissed by GOP lawmakers now running Capitol Hill, rolls out as the deficit is dropping and Obama's poll numbers inch higher. It's tied up over a GOP demand to reverse Obama's November executive actions that extended work permits and temporary deportation relief to some 4 million people in the U.S. illegally. A defiant Obama challenged...

  • US recalls 2.1M vehicles in new air bag issue Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 12:13 PM ET
    2003-2004 Toyota Corolla S

    The auto industry's troubles deepened as regulators said automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix airbag defects.

  • Jan 31- The remedy in the latest U.S. vehicle recall announced on Saturday involves replacing the entire air bag module, including circuits manufactured by TRW automotive holdings, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters the recall was prompted by 400 reported inadvertent air...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 31- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the largest U.S. bank, agreed to pay $99.5 million to settle its portion of an antitrust lawsuit in which investors accuse 12 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market. Made public on Friday night, the settlement is the first in the nationwide litigation and resolved claims over JPMorgan's...

  • Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co have issued three earlier recalls to fix problems with a defective chip in the affected airbag systems. The latest air bag recalls were not related to a wider issue involving millions of vehicles recalled over Takata Corp air bags. U.S. safety regulators have said defective Takata air bag...

  • Counties want to weigh in on pipeline permitting process Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— South Dakota counties that would be affected by a proposed pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to refineries in eastern states want to weigh in on the state's decision to approve the project. "We've got a lot of serious issues to work out, and we haven't gotten a lot of good answers," said Lincoln County Commissioner Jim Schmidt, who was...

  • The government says more than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles need a second fix for air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. Carmakers originally tried to fix the defects by partially replacing the electronic control unit, made by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. of Livonia, Mich., but that fix didn't always work.