How to leverage great credit without borrowing a dime

As average credit scores for Americans continue to rise, the question for many becomes how to use their excellent credit rating to optimize their lives without borrowing money or adding risk.


  • Written by By GREGORY KARP, NerdWallet

Coal executive's 'wish list' finds success under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and mine safety regulations.


  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

House passes spy program after confusing Trump tweets


WASHINGTON (AP) — After a confusing morning of tweets by President Donald Trump, the House on Thursday passed a bill to reauthorize a key foreign intelligence collection program with an important tweak: It would require the FBI to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

  • Written by By DEB RIECHMANN and JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press

Search goes on for Calif. mudslide victims; death toll at 17, 48 missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of the mudslides that slammed this wealthy coastal town. Seventeen people were confirmed dead and eight others were missing.


  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ , Associated Press

Poverty, segregation persist in US schools, report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Too often, low-income, black and Latino students end up in schools with crumbling walls, old textbooks and unqualified teachers, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

  • Written by By MARIA DANILOVA , Associated Press