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Lisa and Darnelle Mason

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Grieving parents hit with $200,000 in student loans

When his 27-year old daughter Lisa died suddenly of liver failure five years ago, Steve Mason was as devastated as any father would be.

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General Motors

GM's most popular pickups recalled 6 times this year

For owners of GM's most popular pickups, recalls have been almost a monthly occurrence this year.

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Stocks flat despite another big Merger Monday

It was another merger Monday on Wall Street. But that didn't excite investors too much.

The Dow eked out a slight gain while the S&P 500 finished right where it started. The Nasdaq dipped into negative territory. Investors are probably focused more o...

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Medicare's outlook improves as health spending slows

The long-term prognosis for Medicare has improved thanks to slower health spending, while the outlook for Social Security remains unchanged.

That's according to the annual report from the trustees of both entitlement programs released on Monday.

"[T]h...

Northwestern University

Investors help the rich pay off student loans

Investors are so hungry for yield in the bond market that they're giving rich college grads money to help pay off their student loans.

Social Finance, a company that uses crowdfunding to refinance student debt, just packaged a bunch of those loans and...

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Richard Branson's Virgin America files for IPO

Virgin America, the U.S. airline formed by billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group seven years ago, has filed for an IPO.

While the West Coast-based airline got its name from Branson's Virgin Atlantic airline, it is not mostly owned by Branson, Vir...

Zillow, Trulia

Tiffany Baker/CNNMoney

Zillow buys Trulia for $3.5 billion

The two biggest names in online house hunting -- Zillow and Trulia - are joining forces in a stock deal valued at $3.5 billion.

Trulia shares jumped 12% on the news that it's selling to Zillow.

Zillow will continue to operate two separate websites, whe...

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Emmanuel Tambakakis/CNN

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Markets appear ready to start the week with a whimper, continuing last week's uninspired performance.

Here are the four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:

U.S. stock futures were practically flat as investors showed lit...

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