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Medicare Bill Helps Doctors and Kids, but Deficit Foes Cool

Apr 8
Republicans say bipartisan legislation reworking how Medicare pays doctors is a milestone toward curbing the huge, growing benefit program. Many deficit foes are less impressed.

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Edges Up to 3.67 Pct

REAL ESTATE | Apr 20
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly last week but remained close to historically low levels with the spring home-buying season underway.

Fly the Coop: Helping Your Kids Buy a Home

REAL ESTATE | Apr 18
Rising prices and a dearth of homes for sale in many markets have made it harder for many looking to buy their first home. Some parents are stepping in to help their kids

Stock of Online Marketplace Etsy Surges in Trading Debut

SAVING | By Mae Anderson | Apr 17
Shares of arts and crafts retailer Etsy surged in opening trading on the Nasdaq Thursday. After pricing at $16 late Wednesday the stock opened at nearly double that level, and hit a high of $35.73 in morning trading.

House Passes Bill to Repeal Estate Tax

RETIREMENT | By Stephen Ohlemacher | Apr 17
The House voted to repeal the federal tax on estates, a politically volatile issue that affects few inheritances. Republicans say it prevents small business owners and family farmers from passing businesses on to their heirs.

US Homebuilders' Outlook for Spring Sales Surges

REAL ESTATE | Apr 16
U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic that sales will perk up in coming months as the spring home-selling season unfolds.