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Calif. gas prices hit all-time high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gasoline price in California continue to rise, even after exceeding a four-year high on Saturday. AAA reports in its latest update on Sunday that the price …


Calif. gas prices hit all-time high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced …


Calif. gas prices equal all-time high

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The price of gasoline equaled the all-time average high in California of $4.61 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. Prices …


Calif. gas prices will rise, then fall next week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California gas prices will increase for several more days before leveling off after a temporary reduction in supply triggered a price spike that saw fuming motorists …


Short supplies keep gas prices rising in Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California gas prices continued surging Friday, adding another 17 cents per gallon on average, and the increases are expected to continue for at least several more …


Obama calls on Congress to approve refinance plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing historically low mortgages, President Barack Obama is pressing Republicans to back housing policies the White House says would help struggling homeowners refinance their debts and prevent …


Report: Premium hikes for top Medicare drug plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of seniors enrolled in some of the most popular Medicare prescription drug plans face double-digit premium hikes next year if they don’t shop for a better …


Premiums inching higher for popular Medicare plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Monthly premiums for popular private insurance plans through Medicare are only inching up next year, the Obama administration said Wednesday, trumpeting good news for skeptical older voters …


With Alaska’s higher costs, dividends won’t go far

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — This is the day Alaskans crow about to their brethren in the Lower 48, trying to make them jealous that the government gives them money to …


Alaskans to get $878 in yearly oil wealth payout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It’s not much — $878 — but Sina Takafua isn’t balking at her first annual payout from Alaska’s oil savings account. “I’m just happy. It’s free …


Premiums for family health plans hit $15,745

WASHINGTON (AP) — Annual premiums for job-based family health insurance went up just 4 percent this year, but that’s no comfort with the price tag approaching $16,000 and rising more …


List of hot ‘encore jobs’ for those seeking change

A list of some “encore jobs” — those with community or social value — that are anticipated to have high need or demand in coming years for workers looking to …


Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar — through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other …


NY court to decide if lap dance is tax-exempt art

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court will consider legal arguments by a strip club on whether nude dancing is an art and deserves a state tax exemption as …


Don’t forget insurance with college-bound kids

CHICAGO (AP) — It’s inevitable that something will be forgotten in the excitement of sending a child off to college. Tuition bill paid?


Overlooking disability insurance can be costly

CHICAGO – Long-term disability insurance is the forgotten insurance. The importance of auto, health, homeowners and life insurance is well known. But disability coverage, which replaces lost earnings if you …


Health care options for young, healthy and broke

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re young, healthy and flat broke — and now the government says they have to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of medical insurance. What should tapped-out twentysomethings …


Seasonal firefighters seek health care coverage

DENVER (AP) — They work the front lines of the nation’s most explosive wildfires, navigating treacherous terrain, dense walls of smoke and tall curtains of flame. Yet thousands of the …


Do the math before tapping into Social Security benefits

Q.When should I begin collecting retirement benefits? A.People are tempted to take Social Security early, but it is important to really think through the long-term ramifications that such a decision …


Mortgage vs. savings a personal as well as financial decision

I’m 28, single, and just received an $86,000 inheritance. I don’t know if I should pay off my mortgage ($79,836) or invest for retirement. If I pay off my mortgage, …


After divorce, finances need a fresh look

Divorce can be one of the most challenging and difficult periods that a person can experience in life. Once an agreement has been reached with the former spouse, and even …


Securities protected from inflation are attractive to some

Q. I’ve heard about Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS. What are they? Are they safe investments with a healthy rate of return? What are their advantages, disadvantages and restrictions? How …


Lead by example when teaching kids about money

Q.How do I train my kids to use money wisely? They just don’t get it. A.There are many tools parents can use to teach kids principles and skills in money …


Plan your retirement for life’s surprises

Q: I have heard that if I only spend 4 percent of my retirement savings yearly I will never run out of money and it could possibly even grow. Sounds …


Ask a Planner: Don’t let stock market consume your mind or time

If you went through a series of emotional lows and highs during 2009, you’re not alone. It’s human nature for emotions to overrule logic when it comes to investing. Academics …


College aid seekers may welcome changes in application process

Filling out the form for federal college aid used to be regarded as the equivalent of a root canal. Thanks to some much-needed steps toward simplification, the Free Application for …


Let temperament be guide in saving emergency cash

Q.In your “Planning Tips for the New Year” column (Dec. 29), you said everyone needs cash for emergencies. But if I have credit cards and a personal line of credit, …


Having a plan best way to trim expenses, build up savings

Each January, my firm receives lots of calls from people who’ve resolved to get their financial house in order. Here are a few of the planning tips we offer to …


Tax advice good idea for settlement in retirement account

A reader recently asked how to handle a lawsuit settlement received inside a retirement account. This could happen, for example, if stockholders sued a publicly traded company for manipulating the …


Many youngsters don’t have a clue about money

Money doesn’t grow on trees, as the old adage goes. While some may take a lifetime to figure that out, high school students in Marty Jessett’s quantitative and financial math …