Hope Yen

Regulators seek payday loan reform

WASHINGTON — Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting... Read more

Poverty rate stuck at 15 percent

WASHINGTON — The nation’s poverty rate remained stuck at 15 percent last year despite America’s slowly reviving... Read more

National employment gap grows

WASHINGTON — The gap in employment rates between America’s highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since... Read more