Refinancing your mortgage? Opportunity knocks

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Homeowners seeking to save some money on mortgage payments can celebrate: The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, one of the most popular…

This Halloween costume costs $1.6 million

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What does a million-dollar Halloween costume look like? Hint: It gives new meaning to the phrase "dripping with diamonds."

WTA Finals: Sharapova loses to Kvitova

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A day after world No. 1 Serena Williams suffered one of the worst losses of her career at the WTA Finals, second-ranked Maria Sharapova wasn't that much better.

URGENT - Canada Parliament Harper

(CNN) -- "In our system ... we are opponents, but we are never enemies. We are all Canadians," Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told lawmakers at the…

Poll: Dead heat in New Hampshire Senate race

A new CNN/ORC poll shows a statistical dead heat between New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her GOP opponent Scott Brown, with Shaheen at 49%,…

URGENT - Canadian Parliament Reopens

(CNN) -- A session of Canada's Parliament opened Thursday with lawmakers giving a standing ovation to Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers as he walked into the…

Attorney: Charges against ex-slave dropped

[Update, posted on October 23 at 10 a.m. ET]

Charges against Mbeirika Mint M'bareck have been dropped and the young woman is now living free from judicial…

After 6 months of recall costs, GM making money again

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General Motors is back making money again, after six months in which recall costs essentially wiped out its profit.

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

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Watch out for the earnings avalanche!

Maker of Camel cigarettes bans smoking in its offices

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Joe Camel isn't going to be able to smoke at his desk any longer. Reynolds American, the nation's No. 2 tobacco company, will no longer let its employees smoke…

What's keeping bond investors awake at night?

Imagine being in a crowd that's racing for the exit, but when you get the door isn't nearly big enough to fit everyone.

Things would get messy pretty…

The wit and wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt

Politician, human rights campaigner and longest-serving first lady; Eleanor Roosevelt was a force to be reckoned with.

Initially famous for her marriage to…

Moms to Washington: You don't get me

For campaigns wanting to connect to the crucial vote of "Walmart moms" -- mothers with ages ranging from 29-54 who have shopped at the big-box store in the…

Cold cases solved: Foss Lake remains ID'd

A decades-old mystery that captivated Oklahoma has been solved after officials confirmed the identities of two groups of people -- some of them teens -- who…

Turkey: Iraqi Kurds can join fight for Kobani

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A deal has been reached for 200 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces to pass through Turkey to help Syrian Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, just…

Obese dummies key to preventing road deaths?

Car safety testing has come a long way since the days of dropping cadavers down unused elevator shafts in the 1930s.

That we enjoy greater peace of mind on…

Christie 'tired' of minimum wage debate

Gov. Chris Christie has had enough of all this talk about the minimum wage -- in fact, he's "tired" of it.

"I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I…

"I thought life would be better after the recession. Not worse."

--John Smith, unemployed construction worker

"These amendments may very likely duck the House's specific definition of what constitutes an earmark, but that doesn't mean it's not pork.

--Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste

"Folks are beyond homeless here. Their homes don't exist ... the power and destruction here was unimaginable."

--Missouri Gov. Jay Dixon following a devastating tornado that killed more than 150 people.

""There's a lot of things happening that can change the dynamic of this race from the past. So it will certainly be interesting to see."

--former Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneve on the Indy 500.

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