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Parents head to college towns to buy real estate

TORONTO -- San Fransisco Bay-area couple Kate and Dale never expected to be landlords. But that's exactly what happened when they decided to buy a three-bedroom townhouse for their daughter in her sophomore year at University of Washington in Seattle.

Should you co-sign for your kid's credit card?

What constitutes an emergency in college has never been well defined. For freshman Hannah Li, for instance, this month it has already meant a manicure, a J. Crew sweater and a plane ticket to Paris for spring break. "Now you see why we put her on a $1,000 limit," Hannah's mother, Alice Park, said of her 18-year-old's "emergencies-only" prepaid credit card. "We want to teach her independence — just not with free access to our money."

College costs spike again

Forget about good old cheap State U. Tuition and fees at public four-year colleges rose almost 8 percent for in-state students this year, the College Board reported. There were fat increases at all kinds of schools: Costs for out-of-state students were up 6 percent; two-year schools raised their tuition and fees by 6 percent and private nonprofit schools, already pretty pricey, raised their tuition and fees 4.5 percent. All increases far outstripped inflation and wage growth.

The best investment for your kids

Here's a reality check for any new parent trying to do what's "best" for their child: go into a high-end baby store and ask for their best stroller. Chances are, it will cost nearly as much as your monthly mortgage payment.

Senior House Republican opposes Fed easing plan

The Federal Reserve's plan to boost economic growth with $600 billion in bond purchases is a mistake that will trigger inflation, a leading Republican in the House of Representatives said on Sunday.

Speaker Pelosi running for House minority leader

Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi ended speculation that she may quietly step aside after her Democrats lost midterm elections, announcing on Friday she will run for minority leader in the new Republican-led chamber next year.

Republicans to crank up oversight of government

The incoming Republican majority in the House of Representatives is more likely to attack Democrats through highlighting congressional oversight hearings rather than the more rancorous subpoena process, leading Republicans say.

Ron Paul vows renewed Fed audit push next year

Republican Representative Ron Paul on Thursday said he will push to examine the Federal Reserve's monetary policy decisions if he takes control of the congressional subcommittee that oversees the central bank as expected in January.

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