Although credit card interest rates are rising, not all the news about plastic is bad. That's because some credit card fees are disappearing -- particularly foreign transaction fees. In 2015, 77 out of 100 cards charged these fees, 3 percent to 5 percent nicks that hit your account each time you use a card to buy something outside of the U.S. But just 52 cards still charge these fees today, said Ted Rossman, analyst with CreditCards.com, which conducts annual credit card fee research. "Credit card companies are competing for affluent travelers," said Rossman. "Not only are issuers eliminating these fees, more of the new cards coming out don't have them." However, credit card interest rates have risen sharply over the past year, jumping to 17.01 percent on average from 16.15 percent a year ago and from 15.2 percent in 2016. Still, consumers who play their cards right don't need to pay a cent to use plastic in this environment, Rossman said. Interest is assessed only on … [Read more...] about Credit cards are hiking rates, but cutting fees
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A PREGNANT mum who cops say was murdered by her husband had struggled to conceive because she suffers from a rare disease that makes pregnancy risky. Chris Watts is accused of throttling his daughters Bella, four, and three-year-old Celeste before hiding their bodies along with their mum, Shanann, in oil tanks. The attack is said to have happened on the eve of what would have been the couple’s gender reveal party for their unborn child. Her heartbroken brother Frankie Rzucek wrote on Facebook: "She is the hardest working person I've ever known. "No matter if her lupus was acting up or if she was pregnant, nothing stoped (sic) her from doing what needed to be done. She was very successful and driven. "When our family found out she beat all the odds and become pregnant I can't even explain our excitement." The Watts family murder - what is known so far: The bodies of Shanann and her kids have been found dumped in an oil compound They were reportedly found hidden inside gas tanks … [Read more...] about Chris Watts’ pregnant wife Shanann ‘struggled to conceive’ and was due to have gender reveal party before she was ‘killed by husband’
A MURDER suspect's pregnant wife posted a haunting video saying he's the "best thing that ever has happened to me" just months before he killed her and their kids. In the loving clip - which indicates the pair met on Facebook - tragic Shanann Watts pays tribute to the man she fell in love with eight years ago. On the online video she said: “I got a friend request from Chris on Facebook and I was like, ‘Oh, what the heck, I’m never going to meet him. “I accept, one thing led to another and eight years later we have two kids, we live in Colorado and he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.” The tragic mum frequently heaped praise on her husband, writing on Facebook in April while on a work trip to New Orleans: "He’s my rock!" "He takes care of us girls unconditionally! Thank you baby for holding down the fort this weekend! Love you," she wrote. The Watts family murder - what is known so far: The bodies of Shanann and her kids have … [Read more...] about Chris Watts’ tragic pregnant wife posted loving video saying he’s ‘best thing that ever has happened to me’ months before he murdered her and their children
By Terrence McCoy, The Washington Post FREDERICKSBURG, Pa. - It was minutes before the end of the first shift, and the beginning of the second, and the hallways at the chicken plant swarmed with workers coming and going. One pulled a hairnet over her curly hair, giggling at a joke. Two others exchanged kisses on the cheek. A woman with a black ponytail hugged everyone within reach. And a thin, ashen woman, whom no one greeted or even seemed to notice, suddenly smiled.There he was. Standing near the lockers. Tall and crew-cut. Her boyfriend. "Hi," said Heaven Engle, 20."Hey," replied Venson Heim, 25.They met every day at this time, before he started his shift as a mechanic at Bell & Evans Plant 2, and she started hers as "I don't know what they call it; I just check the chicken." It was the hardest moment of her day. She knew she was about to go at least eight hours without speaking English, or probably anything at all, in a plant where nearly all of the workers were Latino … [Read more...] about She speaks English. Her co-workers don’t. Inside a rural chicken plant, whites struggle to fit in.
Is the presidency just too big to handle? John Dickerson, co-host of "CBS This Morning" penned a lengthy cover story for The Atlantic on how the magnitude of the office itself might be its own greatest impediment. He sat down with Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg for an interview in the new "Face the Nation" studio to dive deep into the scale of the presidency. JEFFREY GOLDBERG: Hello, and welcome to the first and possibly last edition of "Face the Atlantic." I'm Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic and my guest is John Dickerson, Atlantic contributing writer who also has a day job at CBS, co-host of "CBS This Morning," former moderator of "Face the Nation" and author of The Atlantic magazine's cover story, "How the Presidency Became Impossible." And we're going to talk today about the presidency. John, you know more about the presidency than many people including presidents. It's disconcerting how much you know about the presidency. So let's just jump … [Read more...] about POTUS: The hardest job in the world?