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Banks rack up big overdraft fees - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> a government report out today makes it clear just how much this country's banks are profiting from your mistakes. we're talking about those hefty overdraft charges to cover payments when checking accounts are overdrawn. turns out the banks are making most of their fees from thighs penalties. …

Personal Finance

Overdraft fees cost bank customers hundreds a year

Checking account customers are racking up hundreds of dollars in overdraft fees each year, a new government report finds.<p>On average, overdrawing an account costs customers $225 in fees per year, according to a new study from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.<p>Overdraft fees are sparked when a …

Track and Improve Your Credit

By now we have done a lot of work to cut down your expenses and improve your cash flow. You should also have a budget to help guide you going …

Personal Finance

The True Cost of 401(k) Loans

During the financial crisis, many cash-strapped workers resorted to 401(k) loans to make ends meet. But by doing so, they paid a higher cost than …

Cash vs. Credit Card: The Original Paper or Plastic Debate

The debate on cash versus credit card has been going on for some time with no clear winner: Which is a better payment method, cash or credit? Paper …

Expert advice on credit cards and credit scores

We all know that paying bills late or not at all, bankruptcy, or default can torpedo our credit score. But there are other less obvious things that can also drive down that score. These include credit card balances that are too high (called utilization), too many credit checks (inquiries into your …

Lions hope to lift up bankrupt Detroit

Lions receiver Nate Burleson told USA Today Sports on Wednesday that he and his teammates feel a responsibility to lift the spirits of Detroit, which …

Aaron Hernandez investigators shift search for missing gun

Police are shifting their attention after a search of a Bristol, Conn. lake came up empty.<p>The search for a weapon that prosecutors believe would link Aaron Hernandez with the murder of Odin Lloyd continues, as police announced Wednesday that their examination of a lake in Bristol, Conn. had come up …

What to Watch for as the Washington Redskins Make Their Preseason Debut

The Washington Redskins are in Nashville to kick off the 2013 preseason against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. While there was a lot more up in the air last year at this time, there's a lot more pressure on the 'Skins this time around. They're looking to iron some things out before …

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Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts won't play in preseason opener; fantasy values remain solid

Maurice Jones-Drew and Cecil Shorts will not play in Friday's preseason opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars. We break down the fantasy implications.<p>Running back Maurice Jones-Drew and wide receiver Cecil Shorts are among the nine players the Jacksonville Jaguars will hold out of Friday's preseason …

Michael Vick to start preseason opener for Eagles; little change to fantasy value

Michael Vick will start the preseason opener for the Philadelphia Eagles ahead of Nick Foles. We break down the fantasy implications.<p>Michael Vick is going to start Friday's preseason game against the New England Patriots but coach Chip Kelly says Nick Foles will split first-team reps with Vick. …

Daniel Bryan and Steve Austin Right to Praise John Cena's Wrestling Skills

When well-respected WWE wrestlers Daniel Bryan and Steve Austin applaud John Cena for his in-ring skills, it's time for anti-Cena fans to take notice.<p>Cena, the oft-maligned Superstar, has heard chants of "You can't wrestle!" in arenas around the country. Fans like this one claim that other …

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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell to play with 1st team vs. Giants

The rookie from Michigan State will have an opportunity to grab a firm hold of the starting job for the regular season.<p>Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell will begin his first preseason game running with the Pittsburgh Steelers' first team, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network. The Steelers …

E.J. Manuel a 'good bet' to start, has leg-up on Kevin Kolb for potential fantasy pick-up

E.J. Manuel is taking the lion's share of the first team reps at Buffalo Bills practice. We break down the fantasy implications.<p>Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel is a "good bet" to start the team's preseason opener on Sunday, according to Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio. Manuel has been …

Alex Green taking Packers first-team reps with Eddie Lacy sidelined, raising fantasy value

Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green is taking first-team snaps with Eddie Lacy sidelined due to a hamstring injury. We break down the fantasy implications.<p>Green Bay's running back carousel kept on turning with news of Eddie Lacy sitting out practice with a hamstring injury. Now, Alex Green is …

Niners get cornerback Eric Wright after all

Eric Wright was placed on the Non-Football Injury list on Thursday. And no, it wasn't for whiplash.<p>The cornerback, after taking a pay cut, was traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the San Francisco 49ers nearly three weeks ago, but was sent back after he failed a physical, and the Bucs quickly …

Cowboys CB Brandon Carr Watches Son's Birth Via FaceTime

Technology is a beautiful thing.<p>Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr was in Los Angeles after playing in the preseason Hall of Fame game when he got the call. It was the call that every expectant father eagerly awaits: His fiancee was going into labor. So Carr got his stuff ready to head back to …

Football (U.S.)

Bill Belichick to Tim Tebow: 'Just be ready'

Tim Tebow is learning what it means to play for Bill Belichick: Sometimes he treats you like the media and you don't get a straight answer. Or he simply avoids the issue.<p>Tebow, according to the <i>Boston Globe</i>, isn't even sure he'll play against the Philadelphia Eagles in Friday night's preseason …

Tony Stewart out indefinitely after second surgery

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart underwent a second surgery on his broken right leg Thursday and will remain out of his No. 14 car "indefinitely," Stewart-Haas Racing said in a statement Thursday evening.<p>Stewart, who broke his tibia and fibula when he collided with a lapped car during a sprint car …

Robert Griffin III: Takeaways After 2 Weeks of Training Camp

Robert Griffin III is one of the most heavily scrutinized players this year.<p>Every step he takes is analyzed. Every word he speaks is dissected to uncover its hidden meaning. After two weeks of coaches, analysts and fans studying Griffin's every move, what have we learned?<p><b>Griffin has had no setbacks</b> …

Football (U.S.)

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013: Warren Sapp, franchise-changer, heads to Canton

The Bucs defense was historically bad for decades before drafting two very special players in 1995, and then it became historic in the good sense, while Sapp's dominance stretched on well into the 2000s.<p>If a great player's career starts in 1995, how do you decide which "All-Decade" team to put him …