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REPORT: JP Morgan Has Reached A $4.5 Billion Settlement With Investors Over Mortgage Bonds

A group of 21 institutional investors had been seeking $5.75 billion from the bank to settle all claims with JP Morgan (plus Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual, which JPM purchased during the mania of 2008). From the report:<p>The deal, which could be announced as soon as Friday, does have some …

Mortgage-Backed Securities

Southwest Added To TSA PreCheck Program

The TSA says Southwest Airlines became the 8th U.S. airline to participate in the TSA PreCheck program for expedited security screening.<p>Southwest …

GOVERNMENT REPORT: The TSA's Behavior Detection Program Is An Unscientific Waste Of Money

The TSA put the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program into place in fiscal year 2007, and has since spent about $900 million on it.<p>The idea is to train TSA officers to detect suspicious behavior, adding an extra layer of security on top of screening.<p>Behavior detection …

TSA

The Best Independent Resorts

Not every great small resort gets eaten up by corporations. Montana’s Bridger Bowlhas been a nonprofit since it opened in 1955. This winter it will complete a $4.1 million lift upgrade, but you should still aim for the Ridge. Vermont’s Mad River Glen (cooperatively owned since 1995) offers the East …

JetBlue, Southwest Are Most Likely to Gain American's Abandoned Slots

The sale of prized airport flight slots as part of the American Airlines-US Airways Group Inc. merger is poised to trigger a second faceoff between …

Why the Phone Is Every Frequent Flier's Best Friend

<b>Tim Winship</b> will probably forget more about travel loyalty programs than you'll ever know. He spent two decades life managing marketing for Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and Hilton. "I was a spectator and a participant in the birth and evolution of travel loyalty programs," says Winship. …

Etihad Picks Another Fight With Lufthansa in Germany

Etihad Airways PJSC, the third- biggest Gulf carrier, will follow regional No. 1 Emirates in adding more than 1,500 seats a week on services to …

Pinterest Will Launch a Travel Channel to Push Users from Inspiration to Booking

Pinterest will soon launch a section devoted to trip inspiration and planning, Skift has learned from multiple sources.<p>The visual sharing site will …

Israeli Aviation Security Expert Calls TSA's Behavioral Detection Skills 'Worthless'

A former security director for Israeli state airline El Al says the manner in which the United States’ Transportation and Security Administration …

Budget airlines: getting your money's worth

Budget airlines. Low-cost carriers. Whatever you want to call them, these no-frills airlines are appealing for the most basic of reasons: wallet-friendly prices and an incredibly extensive and diverse set of flight routes. But really, do you get what you pay for?<p>The bad bits: things we love to …