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Cheapism: Best budget tires

As winter snows (finally!) give way to April showers, it’s time to swap winter tires for more versatile all-season tires. Treads designed for snow and ice generally don’t suit bare roads or warm weather, so make the switch right away for a smoother ride and longer wear.

Sprint Markets Phones to Kids

Sprint targets 12 to 5-year-old with new phone. WEAU's Joe Nelson reports.

Data mining being used to set insurance rates, critics cry foul

Insurance is a different kind of product. You need it to get a mortgage and you're supposed to have it to drive a car. That's why the industry is highly regulated.

Data Mining Being Used to Set Insurance Rates; Critics Cry Foul

Some insurance companies use data-mining software to help them set their rates. Consumer advocates believe it's unfair and can cause discrimination.

Girls may not believe it, but they rule when it comes to money

Girls and money smarts: perfect together.

Girls may not believe it, but they rule when it comes to money

Girls and money smarts: perfect together. Sure, women make up just 24 percent of workers in so-called STEM fields—those that deal with science, technology, engineering, and math. And women are scarce in the leadership ranks of finance.

Seafood Chain Still Uses 'Lots' of Trans Fats: Health Group

Joe’s Crab Shack advertises that it uses "zero trans fat oil,” but a health advocacy group said Wednesday the seafood chain still uses the artery-clogging fats in alarming amounts.

Stocks Shoot Up, Dow Adds 100 Points, as Yahoo Results Shine

Stocks rose on Wednesday, extending gains into a third session, after better-than-expected earnings from Yahoo bolstered gains in the technology sector.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 106 points in early morning trading, the S&P 500 was up 9 points and the Nasdaq rose 24.

Housing Starts Rose as Weather Warmed, But Less Than Expected

Groundbreaking on new homes rose less than expected in March and building permits fell, pointing to underlying weakness in the housing market that could persist despite better weather.The Commerce Department said on Wednesday that housing starts increased 2.

GM to Seek Court Protection Against Faulty Ignition Lawsuits

General Motors, which is recalling 2.6 million cars, says it will ask a federal bankruptcy court to bar plaintiffs from proceeding with lawsuits against the automaker for claims related to any actions before it filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

The 'Zero-Emission' Engine Is Almost Ready for Prime Time

STUTTGART, Germany — At the Mercedes-Benz headquarters here, a showroom display illustrates the rapid evolution of the iconic luxury brand’s hydrogen-fueled cars.In a 1992 prototype, the fuel cell takes up the entire cargo area of a delivery van.

Lumberjack, reporter: Best, worst jobs of 2014

Legal Expenses Sink Bank of America Earnings

Bank of America posted a first-quarter loss as the No. 2 U.S. bank recorded $6 billion in litigation expenses related to a settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other mortgage-related matters.

GM to Launch Product Development Group Focused on Safety

General Motors Co. will create a new global product integrity organization that will focus on product safety and quality, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said in a speech Tuesday.

Mustang Turns 50: Nightly Viewers Share Photos of Their Pony Cars

It appears we have quite a few Mustang enthusiasts among our Nightly News viewers.Last night, after Harry Smith's report about the famous muscle car's 50th anniversary, Brian Williams asked viewers to share images of their own Mustangs. We were flooded with tweets and emails.

Yahoo's Growth Anemic as Turnaround Chugs Along

Yahoo Inc. barely managed to expand its core advertising business in the first quarter despite Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's two-year effort to revive growth at the Internet pioneer.But its shares jumped 8 percent on strong results from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Got $1,500? Google Glass on Sale for One Day Only in U.S.

The most talked about product of the nascent wearable era is available to the general consumer — but only today.Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display that lets users take photos and video, search the Web, and use apps. It responds to voice commands.

Best cheap cities for raising a family

Americans thinking about having a family can expect to spend close to a quarter-million dollars to raise each child to the age of 18, according to a 2013 government estimate. If the total seems shocking, consider moving to a community where it’s less costly to live.

Stocks Take a Roller-Coaster Ride; Rise, Fall, Close on a High

Stocks went on a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday, first climbing on some strong corporate earnings, then dropping on poor economic data, before closing the day on the upswing again.

'No Wild Places': Travelers Seek Unexplored Territory

An increasing number of travelers — not just millennials — are shunning the double decker bus, questing for something rare and authentic and in some cases, even unplugged.

Expedia CEO Sells Central Park Condo to Jack Reacher Author

Since he moved cross-country to head Expedia in 2005, Dara Khosrowshahi has finally sold his New York condo in the Orwell House.

Stocks Take a Roller-Coaster Ride, Close Day on a High

Stocks went on a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday, first climbing on some strong corporate earnings, then dropping on poor economic data, before closing the day on the upswing again.

Got $1,500? Google Glass on Sale for One Day Only in US

The most talked about product of the nascent wearable era is available to the general consumer — but only today.Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display that lets users take photos and video, search the Web, and use apps. It responds to voice commands.

Defense, Health Care: How Your Tax Dollars Are Spent

Most Americans have (hopefully) paid their taxes by now – and might be curious to know where all that money is going.The White House has released its annual federal taxpayer receipt, an interactive breakdown of how your tax dollars are being spent.

They're the Best of Jobs, They're the Worst of Jobs

CareerCast is out with its annual ranking of the 10 best and 10 worst jobs for 2014, and let's just say that mathematicians and scientists everywhere are about to high-five.

Mustang Turns 50: The Pony Car That Almost Wasn't

When the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building opens Wednesday morning, visitors will be in for a surprise: a new 2015 Ford Mustang that workers will have carved up into three pieces, stuffed inside the building’s cramped elevators and reassembled on the 86th floor.

Trouble in Thailand: Chinese Tourists Gaining 'Ugly' Reputation

The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists.

Shortage of Farmers Creates 'Dangerous Situation' for U.S.

Farming has always been a hard life. It's a livelihood held hostage by the whims of Mother Nature and fickle consumers.

Snail-Mail Tax Filers: Try Finding a Late-Night Post Office!

The tax deadline is midnight tonight, and the majority of Americans who now file electronically, need not worry. But, for those that don’t, try finding a post office that stays open late.

Detroit Cuts Pension Deal with Retired Police, Firefighters

Detroit has reached a deal on pension cuts for retired police officers and firefighters that would help the struggling city advance the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.


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