Gary Ward

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With credit card debt, not all states are equal

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Personal Finance

Why do they still have floor traders at the NYSE?

Listener John Wang, who dabbles in a little online trading, wrote in to ask this:<p>“I’ve always wondered why there are still people on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. It always seems kind of strange that they're there, now that we have computers and networks for doing all sorts of …

Stock Markets

The Original Names Of 10 Huge Hollywood Movies

Tom Cruise's new movie "Edge of Tomorrow" is out in theaters now; however, it was almost called "All You Need is Kill."<p>The sci-fi film is based on a …

Price tag for the American dream: $130K a year

No idea is more central to Americans' outlook than the American dream — the belief that with hard work and the freedom to pursue your destiny you can achieve success and provide better opportunities for your children.<p>Historian John Truslow Adams, who coined the term, called it "the greatest …

3 summer money traps and how to avoid them

As the temperature rises this summer, thoughts turn to air conditioning, vacations and shopping at outlet malls.<p>In this week's Money Quick Tips video, USA TODAY contributor Regina Lewis looks at three summer money traps to be aware of and easy ways to avoid them.<p><i>Regina Lewis is a national</i> …

Longevity annuities inside IRAs and 401(k)s

If you're worried about outliving your assets and the bulk of your net worth is tied up in IRAs and 401(k) plans, we've got good news for you.<p>The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) just gave IRA owners and 401(k) plan participants the green light to invest in longevity …

States that drink the most beer

In recent years, Americans have increasingly moved away from beer consumption in favor of wines and spirits. U.S. beer consumption fell slightly from 28.3 gallons per drinking-aged adult in 2012 to 27.6 gallons last year.<p>Despite declining across the United States overall, beer consumption remains …

How Ryan Perrilloux disappeared completely

The former No. 1 high school dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation is sitting with his mom on the front porch of a little yellow house on Bluebird Street in LaPlace, La. When a nearby train passes on its way south toward New Orleans, it sends the living room décor into a 15-second …

The problem isn't America's colleges. It's America's students.

President Obama, among others, likes to say that the US has the "world's best universities." That claim, though, refers the tip-top of prestigious universities: The US has 11 of the top 15, according to one international ranking.<p>So how good are US colleges overall, really? Kevin Carey, the director …

Reader Recs: World’s Best Beach Towns

Summer is officially underway in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you’re anything like me, that means one thing—beach season. Whether it be a long weekend at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina or an extended stay in sandy Punta Cana, I’m always ready for an ocean breeze and the sweet tang of …

5 Amazing Experiences Every Traveler Must Try!

<i>Photo courtesy of Pics1/Dreamstime. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello of Budget Travel.</i><p>The phrase "adventure travel" has a bit of an image problem. For many, it conjures only images of climbing mountains, diving into underwater caverns, and, well, aching muscles. But when we asked ourselves what …

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

13 of the Best Pocket Parks in NYC

<i>Rosemary O’Brien is the author of the newly published book, Best Pocket Parks of NYC. Rosemary shares with Untapped Cities favorite park gems in</i> …

The Most Romantic Getaways Under $100

Budget romantic vacations<p>Even when visiting the world's most romantic destinations, the cost of lodging doesn't have to break the bank.

See If You Can Get Through These National Anthem Fails Without Cringing

There are so many reasons to be a proud American this Fourth of July, but man, these national anthem fails aren't any of them.<p><b>R. Kelly, 2005</b><p>R.Kelly doesn't forget the lyrics or butcher his notes, so where does he go wrong? We'd say around 1:45, when he instructs the crowd to clap their hands to …

15 Great Fourth of July Deals You Absolutely Must Check Out

This year, July 4 falls on a Friday. And given the sales we're seeing (entire stores at 40% or 50% off!), it's looking a lot like an early Black …

Shopping

Angels rally past Astros, 11-5

<b>KEY MOMENT:</b><p>Albert Pujolsstood and watched as his mammoth home run sailed deep into the night and put the Angels ahead for good. The Angels had trailed 5-2 entering the seventh inning, but a trio of home runs — two-run homers from Pujols andDavid Freeseand a three-run homer from C.J. Cron — …

Baseball

Road Trip: Route 66

Get your kicks on Route 66 and experience the ultimate all-American road trip from Illinois to California.<p>They say driving Route 66, the iconic 2,400-mile road connecting Chicago with Santa Monica, sneaks us into a bygone America, an era of neon signs and mom-and-pop diners. This waits for us, just …

RVs