Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 Maybe con artists are inspired by the movie "The Mule" where Clint Eastwood plays an octogenarian who hauls cocaine shipments in a Lincoln pickup for a Mexican cartel. Maybe it's all the political haggling over "The Wall" where President Donald Trump and his supporters want to beef up border security by creating a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border to combat drug traffickers. Maybe it's the El Chapo drug trial in New York. But here's a new scam alert: Consumers are getting alarming phone calls from someone who claims to be from law enforcement or Social Security and then scares you into thinking that your Social Security number has been connected to running drugs and money laundering across the border. The scam tries to convince you that your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it's connected to a serious crime. In some … [Read more...] about New Social Security phone scam makes you out to be a criminal
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52 Places To Go 2019 (Tag bylines with individual items.), New York Times Published 8:47 pm CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Photo: Louise Denton Photography/Getty Images Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. Here are some of the places The New York Times thinks you should travel this year. Read the article for the full list. … [Read more...] about The New York Times picks 52 places to go in 2019
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Travel | Want a Different Way to Ring in the New Year? Visit Antarctica. Supported by Trending Forget Times Square. A growing number of travelers are choosing to celebrate the New Year in one of the most remote, beautiful places on Earth. ByAlyson Krueger Dec. 19, 2018 While his friends and family will be back home in Durham, N.H., on New Year’s Eve — at parties, restaurants or at home watching the ball drop — Chuck Ward will be surrounded by glaciers, crystal clear water and Gentoo penguins. That’s because Mr. Ward, a real estate contractor, will be marking the end of one year and the beginning of another in Antarctica. Mr. Ward and his wife are sailing on Le Boréal, a cruise ship owned by Ponant, a French cruise line that prides itself on intimate ships and in-depth trips to the … [Read more...] about Want a Different Way to Ring in the New Year? Visit Antarctica.
Keith Laing The Detroit News Published 12:01 AM EST Dec 17, 2018 Washington — The furious backlash against General Motors Co.’s restructuring, delivered by official Washington, may be a harbinger of things to come. Even as the Detroit automaker executes a plan to cut 8,000 salaried employees, idle four U.S. plants and imperil 3,300 hourly workers, its crosstown rivals are quietly reshaping their footprints to account for dramatically shifting demand and to bolster their cash hoards to fund next-generation technology. The result is likely to be frustration, confusion and yet more pushback from constituencies outside the executive suites: Why are automakers booking billions in North American profits on fatter profit margins acting like companies desperately managing an imminent recession? And how can they justify the actions when two of Detroit’s three automakers owe their survival to U.S. taxpayers amid the global financial meltdown? GM and … [Read more...] about New GM faces old headwinds in D.C.
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 11:46 AM EST Dec 10, 2018 Hundreds of thousands of students across the country paid stiff banking fees after colleges cut marketing deals with big banks, based on a study obtained by the Free Press through a federal open records request. Collectively, students paid $27.6 million in account fees over just one year across campuses reviewed in a newly disclosed study conducted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The figure is likely higher since all schools were not reviewed. Colleges are looking for extra money, while banks want young customers. But the marketing marriage might be harmful to the pocketbooks of some cash-strapped students, depending on the type of agreement reached between the college and the bank. College students dished out as much as a weighted average fee of nearly $47 per active account to Wells Fargo in a 12-month period. Others, though, paid no charges on average to Fifth … [Read more...] about Some banks, colleges cut deals to share student account fees