| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:06 AM
WASHINGTON -- Most business economists believe the Federal Reserve's controversial bond-buying stimulus program has helped boost the recovery, but differ on the effects of the healthcare reform law and other policies by President Obama and Congress,...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Retired aerospace engineer Owen Klasen was rejected last year when he sought a second mortgage to paint and re-roof his house.
Home prices hadn't risen enough, the loan officer told him.
But last month, the same loan officer offered him more than...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:30 PM
Families boosted their borrowing late last year at the fastest pace since the global financial crisis, a sign that Americans are gradually reopening their wallets as they feel more secure in their jobs.
Household debt jumped $241 billion to $11.5...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 12:31 PM
The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Thursday urged more transparency in the debit card system used to electronically disburse college students' financial aid, and said that transaction fees for the cards quickly add up.
In a report, the GAO...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:28 PM
California will report on Friday how the labor market performed in December. Economists are keeping an especially close eye following a lackluster national jobs report for the last month of 2013.
The government said this month that U.S. employers...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:48 PM
Marty Tudor's 19-year-old daughter has just left for a semester of study in the Netherlands, which is very cool.
What's not cool is that AT&T told Tudor it wouldn't unlock her iPhone 5 so she could use it with a local service while abroad, even though...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 4:17 PM
OAKLAND -- BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey confirmed the identify of the officer who mistakenly shot and killed his supervisor, Det. Sgt. Tom Smith, during a probation search last week and announced policy changes aimed at averting such tragedies....
| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:20 AM
Hundreds of law enforcement personnel are expected to turn out Wednesday for a funeral for a Bay Area Rapid Transit police sergeant who was mistakenly shot and killed by a fellow officer during a probation search earlier this month.
| Jan 19, 2014
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo wants to punish JPMorgan Chase for its various financial misdeeds, possibly by cutting off business with the banking giant. But as city leaders learned a few years ago when
Occupy L.A. pushed for a similar...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Most of the risky mortgages that triggered the financial crisis have disappeared from the marketplace, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them because of a new federal crackdown on loose lending.
But one housing-bubble favorite —...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:54 PM
Few of the nontraditional home loans that triggered the financial crisis are still available, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of presumably safe and sound...