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FILE - This Feb. 18, 2020, photo shows a real estate sign in front of a home for sale in San Francisco.  An estimated 4.1 million Americans have their mortgage in forbearance, according to data released Monday, May 18,  by the Mortgage Bankers Association.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Is mortgage forbearance an option? Here's what to know

May. 20, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

Suddenly out of work or making due with reduced paychecks, an estimated 4.1 million Americans have sought forbearance on their mortgage, according to data released Monday by the Mortgage Bankers Association. That's a staggering number, and experts anticipate more homeowners will seek this protection as the...

In this May 3, 2020 photo, the setting sun shines on the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP Courtside: Who flushed? Phone arguments' unresolved issue

May. 6, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court held Day Three of arguments by telephone with the audio available live to audiences around the world. The higher profile case of the two heard by the justices on Wednesday dealt with Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey speaks at a news conference in Martinsburg, W.Va. Morrisey announced Monday, May 4, 2010, that West Virginia has reached a $3.9 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit over the company's marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women. (Matthew Umstead/The Herald-Mail via AP, File)

Johnson & Johnsons settles West Virginia pelvic mesh lawsuit

May. 4, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has reached a $3.9 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit over the company's marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday. Morrisey filed a consumer protection case...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020 file photo, light traffic is seen on Highway 101 in San Francisco, amid coronavirus concerns. With most states under stay-at-home orders from governors, traffic is down almost everywhere, and that means lower crash rates and fewer insurance claims. As a result, many auto insurance companies are cutting rates, sending checks or offering credits on monthly bills.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Less driving, fewer crashes should bring cheaper insurance

Apr. 22, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Those lightly traveled freeways and streets could be putting a few dollar bills into your wallet. With most states under stay-at-home orders from governors, traffic is down almost everywhere, and that means lower crash rates and fewer insurance claims. As a result, most auto insurance...

FILE - In this March 5, 2012 file photo, consumer credit cards are posed in North Andover, Mass. Many businesses are offering relief on bills to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. Contact creditors to find out what’s available, and document the details of any agreements.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

How COVID-19 payment accommodations may affect your credit

Apr. 19, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for relief in paying bills. That can help you prevent damage to your credit from late payments at a time when protecting your credit could help increase your financial resilience. But hardship and forbearance programs are not automatic — you...

More traffic than usual on I-90 highway south bound in Chicago, Saturday, April 11, 2020. Data may show the number of COVID-19 cases in Illinois is growing at a slower pace than some projections had forecast, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his stay-at-home order will remain in place through the end of April.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Lockdowns cut driving and crashes, bring insurance discounts

Apr. 13, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Interstates and city streets are empty and cars are quarantined in their owners' garages, so consumer advocates argue that it only makes sense for auto insurance rates to reflect that. In the states of Washington and New York, the number of traffic crashes reported to state police fell about...

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Federal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red Sox

Apr. 3, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball. Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of...