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Tom Kelly: Despite safeguards, predatory lenders still operating

SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

In the home-mortgage industry, predators historically have jockeyed to the most vulnerable rung of the housing ladder, seeking to “dine and dash” with the least suspecting group of borrowers having to pay the bill. Now, while most bad actors have been rooted out of real estate lending, a few borrowers are being hit with loan presentations that seem too good to be true.

Trump’s Boeing speech shows differences with Obama

UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 6:17 P.M.

President Donald Trump waves in front of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner while visiting the Boeing South Carolina facility in North Charleston, S.C., on Friday. Trump visited the plant before heading to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. for the weekend. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Presidents since Franklin Delano Roosevelt have loved to tour Boeing factories. The lessons they draw from their time on the factory floor – and the inevitable photo opportunity beside shiny new airplanes – can differ wildly.

Student debt in America hits record

UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 6:11 P.M.

This Wednesday, April 2, 2014, photo, shows the headquarters of student loan debt collector Navient Corporation, in Wilmington, Del. Student loan servicers play a key role in the lives of the 44 million Americans who, combined, have run up $1.4 trillion in student debt. In January 2016, regulators filed a lawsuit against the largest of them, Navient, accusing it of making it harder for borrowers to repay loans by giving them flawed information, processing payments incorrectly and failing to act on complaints. (William Bretzger / AP)
Total U.S. student debt hit a record $1.31 trillion last year, the 18th consecutive year Americans’ education debt rose, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Zuckerberg’s goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 9:35 A.M.

In this Nov. 19, 2016  photo, Mark Zuckerberg, chairman and CEO of Facebook, waves at the CEO summit during the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation  forum in Lima, Peru. Zuckerberg released a missive Thursday outlining his vision for the social network and the world at large. Among other things, Zuckerberg hopes that the social network can encourage more civic engagement, an informed public and community support in the years to come. (Esteban Felix / Associated Press)
Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything – baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence.

‘In Trump We Trust’ is market mantra as chaos besets White House

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 7:11 A.M.

Follow the money: it’s a classic Washington catchphrase. And if you follow the money on Wall Street right now, it’s hard to see how all that chaos in the White House you’ve been reading about adds up to much for the financial markets.

Mnuchin warned by Japan, Germany as G-20 sees new economic order

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 7:07 A.M.

Within hours of being sworn in, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s counterparts from Tokyo to Berlin started telegraphing warnings to him: Please don’t call the yen weak. Be careful how you talk about cutting financial regulations – Europe is listening.

‘Day Without Immigrants’ protest closes restaurants

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 6:41 P.M.

Supporters of immigrants’ rights march n downtown Washington, D.C., during an immigration protest Thursday. Immigrants around the U.S. stayed home from work and school Thursday to demonstrate how important they are to America’s economy and its way of life, and many businesses closed in solidarity, in a nationwide protest called “A Day Without Immigrants.” (Jose Luis Magana / AP)
The heart of Philadelphia’s Italian Market was uncommonly quiet. Fine restaurants in New York, San Francisco and the nation’s capital closed for the day. Grocery stores, food trucks, coffee shops, diners and taco joints in places like Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston shut down.

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