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Student loans may drag down economy for years

Sean Higgins | Updated: 18 hr ago

Soaring levels of student loan debt are not only burdening recent graduates but have created entire generations that aren't able to save and invest, potentially hurting long-term economic growth.

FBI warns cyber sabotage, extortion by disgruntled employees rising

Sean Higgins | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

The FBI has engaged in numerous "significant" investigations in recent months involving employees who used their access to company servers to destroy data, steal customer information, make...

GDP rebounds, rising 4.6 percent

Sean Higgins | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

The economy grew at a 4.6 percent clip in the second quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday, rebounding from a decline of 2.1 percent in the first quarter.

EEOC files first transgender-discrimination lawsuits

Sean Higgins | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

The EEOC accused both companies of firing long-standing employees after they came out as transgender and informed the company that would soon begin to dress as the opposite sex at work.

Postal Service ordered to hire 9,000 more people

Sean Higgins | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service must hire 9,000 employees over the next three months to staff regional part-time post offices as part of a settlement it negotiated with the American Postal Workers Union.

Treasury approved millions in raises to GM executives as taxpayers lost billions

Sean Higgins | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

In addition to the millions for the top executives, Treasury approved more than $500,000 in pay for the top 47 senior employees at the companies, according to a report released Wednesday by Christy...

White House readies minimum wage rule for contractors

Sean Higgins | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

A posting on the Office of Management and Budget's website has indicated that the rulemaking is in its final stage, meaning the announcement could come within days.

Company says FTC going 'to war on Bitcoin' after court shuts it down

Sean Higgins | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

"This is not about Bitcoin, per se," said Jerry Brito, an adjunct professor at George Mason University law school. The company's claim clouded the actual issues in the case -- whether it delivered...

Oops: Feds give out wrong contact information for data security effort

Sean Higgins | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a press release that announced $3 million in grants for projects intended to "improve online security and privacy."

Feds funding efforts to create single Internet password

Sean Higgins | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

The Commerce Department has been handing out grants to fund a way for Americans to use a single password anytime they shop, bank, pay bills or engage in any other online activity that requires...