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  • 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.

  • Briefing Obama vs. Romney 101: 3 ways they differ on regulation

    Wall Street is a big target – blamed for the financial crisis that led to the Great Recession. Mitt Romney says efforts to rein in financiers via more regulation are an attack on “economic freedom.” President Obama says new regulations would make it “more profitable to play by the rules than to game the system.” Here are three specifics on which the two differ.

  • Consumer confidence index takes a big hit in August

    Consumer confidence index in the US plunged to its lowest level since November 2011, hinting the Americans are feeling worse about the economy than they have in a long time. The drop in the consumer confidence index is the latest swing  for the volatile measure, which has been on a roller-coaster for much of the past year.

  • The Reformed Broker Shocker: Stocks defy expectations

    Stocks have outpaced Wall Street forecasts to an unprecedented degree this year. It almost always works the other way around.

  • Apple stock: the market's new MVP

    Apple stock surges 2.6 percent in Monday trading. Apple stock is now worth $623.5 billion, beating Microsoft's market capitalization during the Internet boom. 

  • Stocks slide ahead of corporate earnings season

    Stocks closed lower on The Street ahead of US corporate earnings reports and the continued instability of markets across the pond. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 36 points to close at 12,736, the index's third straight day of losses.

  • Stock market hiccup: not so much about health-care decision

    But some investors still grumbled that the Supreme Court's health-care decision might dampen business confidence and inhibit companies from hiring new workers.

  • Stockton, Calif., prepares for bankruptcy. Are other US cities at risk?

    Stockton, which lost tax revenues from the housing bust and faces high pension costs for retired public workers, serves as a warning. Some US cities face tough choices to avoid bankruptcy.

  • Dow plunges 275 points: Is stock market starting to smell recession?

    A poor US jobs report Friday sent the stock market down sharply, and other economic data coming in from Europe and China also did not boost optimism. 

  • Despite oil prices, falling euro, Dow closes up slightly

    Oil prices fell, the euro sank to a 22-month low, and the yield on the U.S. government's 10-year Treasury note fell near a historic low. But the Dow Jones industrial average edged up 125 points to close at 12580 as investors continue to hope for a Chinese growth spurt.

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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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