Miami Herald Student loan interest rates to increase

Interest rates go up Tuesday for students taking out new federal loans. This hike is relatively minimal but could foreshadow more increases to come.

Miami Herald GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation

Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.

Miami Herald Contracts to buy US homes up sharply in May

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes shot up in May. But the pace of buying this year remains slower than in 2013, in part because of sluggish sales during winter.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Entrepreneurs prepare for medical marijuana businesses

Thrity-one businesses in Broward and Palm Beach counties have registered with the state as marijuana-related businesses, banking that voters will approve medical use of the drug on Nov. 4

Miami Herald Bill Clinton fires up Florida Democrats, who face big election-year challenge

Even as former President Bill Clinton fired up party activists and donors in Broward, Florida Democrats have daunting challenges in this year’s election and beyond.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Broward again eyes fix for timing of red lights

Broward County has been promising for 40 years to fix the problem of unsynchronized traffic lights. Now officials say they have the solution — a real-time system that can adapt to changing traffic conditions — but it is still about six years away.

Miami Herald Review: VA a struggling agency beset with ills

Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.

Miami Herald Prescriptions for contraceptives skyrocket under Affordable Care Act, says new government report

- A new report from the Obama administration finds that women saved more than $483 million on prescriptions for oral contraceptives last year, thanks to an Affordable Care Act provision that requires certain medications to be covered at no cost to plan members.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Broward College freezes tuition for third year

A college education may not be cheap but it won't get any more expensive at many schools this year.

Miami Herald Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Broward property values rise 7.2 percent

Broward County property values exceeded expectations this year, rising 7.2 percent, another sign of the rebounding real estate market.

Miami Herald Fear of voting grips Senate Democratic chiefs

A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel New apartments, park planned in Hollywood

Apartments would rent for $1,400 to $1,900 a month, developer says

Sheridan Stationside Village was meant to be a $500 million village with restaurants, shops, a hotel and 1,050 condos extending from the Sheridan Street Tri-Rail station at Interstate 95 all the way to Taft Street.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Former Scott Rothstein partner Russell Adler gets 2 1/2 years in prison

Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein's former law partner Russell Adler was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for illegally funneling campaign donations to Republican presidential and senate campaigns.

Miami Herald Steady job growth boosts US consumer confidence

Strong job growth lifted U.S. consumer confidence this month, as Americans looked past the economy's dismal first quarter performance.

Miami Herald Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.14 pct

Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages declined this week, hovering near historically low levels.

Miami Herald Consumer spending up 0.2 percent in May

U.S. consumers stepped up their spending slightly in May, boosted by a jump in auto sales and higher income.

Miami Herald Applications for US unemployment benefits dip

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn't caused employers to cut jobs.

Miami Herald Gov. Scott signs two bills into law to help disabled children

Doris Freyre believes her daughter would still be alive today if an attorney had intervened.

Miami Herald Sen. Marco Rubio's pitch for middle class looks like 2016 platform

Wrapping policy details around anecdotes from regular people, Sen. Marco Rubio outlined proposals aimed at the middle class, a large swath of the electorate the GOP has had trouble connecting with.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Tolls on Turnpike, other state roads going up July 1

Get ready to pay a little more for tolls on Florida's Turnpike and other state-operated toll roads.

Miami Herald Orders for US durable goods drop 1 percent in May

Orders for U.S. durable goods tumbled 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply. But excluding defense-related goods, orders actually rose, and orders in a key category that signals business investment also increased.

Miami Herald US economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Lauderdale airport workers get leverage in fight for raises

Discontent workers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywod International Airport won a victory Tuesday, with Broward County adopting a set of rules giving them leverage against their employers in their long-running battle for higher wages.

Miami Herald Florida increases age requirement for car seats

Parents will have to use a car seat for children up to 5 years old under a new law approved by Gov. Rick Scott.

Miami Herald Scott signs tougher penalties for hit-and-run drivers

A bill honoring the late cyclist Aaron Cohen is among the last to be signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott this year.

Miami Herald Study: Recession and recovery widen US wealth gap

The Great Recession and the slow recovery have sharply widened the gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else, according to a study that underscores the unevenness of wealth gains since the recession ended.

Miami Herald US consumer confidence reaches a 6-year high

U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in more than six years.

Miami Herald New homes sales surge in May

Sales of new U.S. homes rose in May to the highest level in six years, providing the strongest signal yet that housing is recovering from a recent slowdown.

Miami Herald US home prices rise at slowest pace in 13 months

U.S. home prices rose in April from a year ago at the slowest pace in 13 months, reflecting a recent drop-off in sales.