Cheaper midsize cars do a better job in deadly head-on collisions than many luxury and near luxury midsize cars, according to crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Hybrid and electric vehicles are increasingly popular as a way of cleaning up city fleets, Ingram writes.
General Motors stake owned by the US treasury will be sold over the coming year, assuring a multibillion-dollar loss for the federal government. General Motors will buy back $5.5 billion in shares, and the Treasury will have to sell the rest of the stock at a high price in order to break even on the $50 billion bailout GM received.
The fiscal cliff debate thus far leaves the most vulnerable families quite close to the edge, Maag writes.
Americans are keeping up with their car payments even as credit once again becomes easier to find, Read writes.
Single family home construction permits dropped 0.2 percent from October to 565,000 single family units. Single family home construction permits remained 68.58 percent below the peak in September 2005.
A truly special souvenir doesn’t need to cost very much, and the best ones are rarely found in an overpriced souvenir shop, Hamm writes.
Fitch Ratings, a leading credit ratings agency, warned Wednesday that the US is likely to lose its top-notch debt rating if lawmakers cannot agree to a solution that prevents the economy from going over the 'fiscal cliff' at the end of 2012. Fitch Ratings called the resolution of the fiscal cliff and an increase in the debt ceiling 'pressing issues.'
Somehow we must find ways to gain control over spending on Medicare and Medicaid, Penner writes.
Ireland has in the recent year come to diverge in a positive way from Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece, Karlsson writes.