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Grieving parents hit with $200,000 in student loans

When his 27-year old daughter Lisa died suddenly of liver failure five years ago, Steve Mason was as devastated as any father would be.

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Report uncovers day care dangers

Michigan day care inspections uncover violations

A new report from the federal government should remind all parents they need to do their own homework to make sure their providers are meeting state safety requirements.

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GM's most popular pickups recalled 6 times this year

For owners of GM's most popular pickups, recalls have been almost a monthly occurrence this year.

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Stocks flat despite another big Merger Monday

It was another merger Monday on Wall Street. But that didn't excite investors too much.

The Dow eked out a slight gain while the S&P 500 finished right where it started. The Nasdaq dipped into negative territory. Investors are probably focused more…

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Review finds health, safety issues in Michigan day cares

A review of 20 Michigan home day cares found that each wasn't in compliance with at least one state licensing requirement for children's health and safety. Read full report here.

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Medicare's outlook improves as health spending slows

The long-term prognosis for Medicare has improved thanks to slower health spending, while the outlook for Social Security remains unchanged.

That's according to the annual report from the trustees of both entitlement programs released on Monday.

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Investors help the rich pay off student loans

Investors are so hungry for yield in the bond market that they're giving rich college grads money to help pay off their student loans.

Social Finance, a company that uses crowdfunding to refinance student debt, just packaged a bunch of those loans…

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Richard Branson's Virgin America files for IPO

Virgin America, the U.S. airline formed by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group seven years ago, has filed for an IPO.

While the West Coast-based airline got its name from Branson's Virgin Atlantic airline, it is not mostly owned by Branson,…

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Dollar stores joining forces

If everything in its stores costs a buck, it will take 8.5 billion items sold for Dollar Tree stores to buy rival Family Dollar.

Dollar Tree is buying its larger rival for 23% more than Family Dollar's closing price last week, for a total value of $8…

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