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  • Stocks snap losing streak

    Thursday was the best day for US stocks since Sept. 13, when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced further steps by the central bank to speed the economic recovery. Stocks were also helped by speculation that the central bank of China will act soon to help the world's No. 2 economy.

  • Good housing numbers lift stocks

    Stocks rose Wednesday after the release of two encouraging housing reports. Stocks of homebuilders rose sharply while the gains for broader stock indexes were muted. 

  • Focus Housing market turning a corner? Signs of hope for homeowners.

    Rising home values and declining foreclosure rates indicate a slow but steady recovery for the US housing market. Obstacles remain, however, including negative equity due to 'underwater' mortgages.

  • Stocks edge up on revised GDP

    Stocks rise as US revises upward its estimate of GDP growth from 1.5 to 1.7 percent. Among big stock movers, WellPoint climbs 8 percent; Heinz falls 2 percent. 

  • Paper Economy Pending home sales rise 2.4 percent in July

    Pending home sales improved with the seasonally adjusted national index climbing 2.4 percent since June while increasing 12.4 percent above the level seen in July 2011.

  • Home sales hit 2-year high. Is the housing market back?

    Home sales agreements for previously occupied homes jumped 2.4 percent in July, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The increase is the latest sign that the home sales are finally rebounding five years after the housing bubble burst.

  • New home sales match two-year high

    New home sales in July climb 3.6 percent, matching May's total of new home sales. The supply of new homes for sale falls to a 49-year low.

  • Home sales rise as housing market rebounds. Slowly.

    Home sales rose in July, continuing a slow rebound for the housing market. Home sales have been a rare bright spot in the economy this year.

  • Stock market erases losses on Fed signals

    After spending most of the day in negative territory, the S&P 500 rebounds to eke out a gain after the release of the minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting. 

  • 30-year mortgage rates fall to new record low 3.49 percent

    30-year mortgage rates just keep falling. This week, 30-year mortgage rates dipped to a new record, below 3.50 percent for the first time on records going back 60 years.

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Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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