Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Most Americans have at least one regret about their homes, or so suggests one of those reports that perpetually pop up in my in-basket.
The year is rapidly coming to a close, so it is time to peer into my somewhat-foggy crystal ball and make some predictions about the 2015 economy. The "good" is the likelihood that the national economy will grow strongly. However, New Jersey could be the "bad."
Who's responsible when a delivery goes awry? That's been an issue for some luckless consumers at least since the days when Sears, Roebuck & Co. pioneered mail order a century ago, and likely for clients of the Pony Express before that. Recently, it has gained urgency from the growth of delivery-dependent Internet commerce. One day, it may even be an issue when Amazon's drones target the wrong front stoop for a package drop.
DEAR HARRY: I just learned of a nasty situation. My next-door neighbor is being sued by a close family friend who lives nearby. This friend claims that he had tripped on the sidewalk in front of the house and injured his arm and both legs. The "tripping hazard" is a PECO cover plate that is sunken slightly in the sidewalk.
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Stan Middleman, 60, of Cherry Hill, N.J., knows he overspends for the holidays, but he doesn't pay his indulgences much mind&hellip...
Wireless carrier T-Mobile has agreed to pay $90 million to settle charges that it profited by allowing third-party billers to bilk its customers by "cramming" unwanted charges onto their phone bills, the Federal Communications Commission said Friday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year.
A deal between billionaire Carl Icahn and the casino workers union in Atlantic City fell apart Thursday, but Icahn said he would spend $20 million to keep the bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal open past a looming Saturday closing date.
The region's manufacturers remain optimistic about growth, but their optimism is fading somewhat compared with earlier months, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported Thursday in its closely watched monthly Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey.
SEPTA will spend $55.5 million to replace the 120-year-old Crum Creek rail bridge on the busy Media-Elwyn line in Delaware County, after approval by the SEPTA board Thursday.
In March, Sean Caldwell, a Mount Airy restaurant worker, told a newspaper reporter about struggling to support his children on the $8 an hour he earned as a part-time maintenance worker at the McDonald's restaurant at Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia.
The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Regulators have closed a small lender, the 18th bank failure in the U.S. this year after 24 closures in 2013.
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:
WASHINGTON (AP) - One of three Fed officials who dissented in the Fed's policy decision this week is warning that the central bank is taking an "unacceptable" risk by not paying more attention to the dangers posed by low inflation.
NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of cancer treatment company Juno Therapeutics Inc. jumped 46 percent in their stock market debut Friday.
Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year.
Oil prices recently dropped to five-year lows, and consumers are reaping the benefits when they fill up at the gas pump.

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