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Obamacare Premiums Affordable For Most, Survey Reports

Posted On September 18, 2014

(Undated) -- Many Americans are finding health insurance is less expensive thanks to the Affordable Care Act. A new survey by the Commonwealth Fund reports 61-percent of people surveyed say the premiums are somewhat or very easy to afford. Subsidies offered through the marketplaces appear to be working. More than two-thirds of people with low…

Steep Fall In Weekly Unemployment Claims

Posted On September 18, 2014

(Undated) -- The nation's unemployment lines are a lot shorter. Thursday morning's report from the Labor Department shows 280-thousand people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits. That's 36-thousand fewer than last week's revised figure. The four-week moving average also is down substantially, to 299-thousand-500. That's a decline of 47-hundred-50. The biggest increases in initial claims in the…

Amazon Releasing 6 New Kindle Devices Today

Posted On September 18, 2014

(Undated) -- Amazon is releasing six new Kindle devices today. The collection includes a new e-ink tablet, and an eight-point-nine inch tablet that's lighter than the iPad Air. It's designed for reading, work and play. Another device coming out today is a new Kindle for Kids that comes with a 25-dollar case and free parental…

Alaskans Collecting $1,884 In Oil Royalties

Posted On September 18, 2014

(Undated) -- People living in Alaska have nearly 19-hundred dollars in the pipeline. State officials announced Wednesday that this year's payout from the Alaska Permanent Fund is 18-hundred-84 dollars per person. The money comes from Alaska's oil wealth. The amount is the third-largest since Alaska began making the annual payments in 1982, when each permanent…

Weekly Jobless Claims, August Housing Starts Due Today

Posted On September 18, 2014

(Undated) -- Housing starts for August are due this morning. Analysts expect to see an annualized rate of nearly one-point-04 million units, continuing the homebuilding industry's strong performance in July. That report will be out at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. That's when the weekly look at first-time unemployment claims will be released. Economists predict 305-thousand…