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Your money: Now you can get miles for your student loan

June 26, 2017 By Reyna Gobel NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dana Friend was skeptical about all the offers flooding her inbox to refinance her student loan with a private company, but what sold her in the end was not the offer to cut her interest rate in half – it was the bonus of 50,000 JetBlue miles. The 30-year-old psychologist from Boynton Beach, Florida dropped from paying 6.8 percent to 3.75 with lender SoFi, and also scored free trips to New York and Jamaica. “When I got the email for…

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Your Money: Money secrets of parents with multiple kids in college

June 15, 2017 By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sometime soon after his fourth child was born, it dawned on Howard Krooks that he was going to be on the hook for 12 consecutive years of college tuition payments when they all grew up. It scared him into action. “I’m a planner. I don’t like surprises,” said Krooks, an elder law attorney in Boca Raton, Florida. Krooks figures he will spend upwards of $1 million to put four children through college. His oldest child is now 19 and attending…

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Three in critical condition after car plows through Times Square

May 19, 2017 By Jonathan Allen and Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three people remained in critical condition on Friday after a driver plowed into pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square the day before, killing a young woman on vacation and injuring her sister and 19 others, police said. Richard Rojas, the 26-year-old motorist, accelerated as he turned onto the sidewalk and appeared to have intentionally tried to mow down pedestrians, Mayor Bill de Blasio and police said. He is due in court in Manhattan later on Friday…

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Bobbleheads and droids lure collectors to Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ event

April 14, 2017 By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For die-hard “Star Wars” collectors, this weekend’s fan convention in Orlando, Florida, is a must-attend event. The annual Star Wars Celebration is the only place Walt Disney Co licensees are selling a new Luke Skywalker action figure, limited-edition Stormtrooper helmets and other coveted merchandise. With an array of new products and exclusive items, Disney is not simply rewarding passionate fans. It is also recognizing the role collectors play in stoking excitement around one of its most important franchises. “Star Wars”…

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At home, rebel Republican lawmakers pay no price for defying Trump

April 13, 2017 By Letitia Stein PALATKA, Fla. (Reuters) – At a town hall in his conservative Florida district this week, U.S. Representative Ted Yoho drew applause for defying his own Republican Party leaders to help derail a healthcare plan that was President Donald Trump’s first major legislative initiative. Far from paying a price back home, as Trump has threatened they would, Yoho and some of the other far-right members of the House Freedom Caucus appear to have support for standing their ground, based on their reception at several town…

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Feuding Trump aides meet and agree to end ‘palace intrigue’: source

April 8, 2017 By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top White House aides Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner met and agreed to “bury the hatchet” over their differences, a senior administration official said on Saturday, in a bid to stop infighting that has distracted from President Donald Trump’s message. Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, and Kushner, an influential adviser and Trump’s son-in-law, met on Friday at the request of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus who told them that if they have any policy differences,…

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At U.S.-China summit, Trump presses Xi on trade, North Korea; progress cited

April 8, 2017 By Steve Holland and Koh Gui Qing PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear program and help reduce the gaping U.S. trade deficit with Beijing in talks on Friday, even as he toned down the strident anti-China rhetoric of his election campaign. Trump spoke publicly of progress on a range of issues in his first U.S.-China summit – as did several of his top aides – but they provided few concrete specifics other…

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Asia stocks slip, investors on edge for Trump-Xi meeting

April 6, 2017 By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) – Stocks fell and bonds rose in Asia on Thursday, with risk appetite soured by signs the Federal Reserve might start paring its king-sized balance sheet later this year just as the chances of an early U.S. fiscal stimulus faded further. Investors were also wary ahead of a potentially tense meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the first between the world’s two most powerful leaders. Topping the agenda at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida will be…

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Wells Fargo banks on new ad campaign to regain customer trust

March 21, 2017 By Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co will launch a new multi-channel ad campaign, its chief executive said on Tuesday, in a further sign of the bank’s efforts to regain trust after a sales scandal last year caused a sharp drop in account openings. The advertising campaign, to begin in mid-April, will be published across different media channels and focus on the changes the bank has implemented since it was rocked by revelations over illegal sales practices in September last year. “For our…

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