Lisa Green, NerdWallet Published 12:36 pm CDT, Monday, March 18, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Michael Aminov-Tobin almost forgot a car insurance company was tracking his driving. He wasn’t paying extra attention to how fast he drove or how hard he hit his brakes. So he was astonished when the company offered to insure his 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo for $100 a month less than he’d been paying. “When it popped up with the price that it did, I was like, ‘Holy crap, that’s awesome!’” says Aminov-Tobin, 25, who operates a video production firm from his home near Columbus, Ohio. He benefited from a growing trend known as usage-based insurance, or UBI, in which auto insurance companies electronically monitor a customer’s driving and offer discounts in exchange. Such programs can be a great deal for careful drivers and low-mileage users, but they also present significant privacy concerns, experts say. … [Read more...] about Should You Give Up Privacy for Car Insurance Discounts?
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Dario Angulo with his cattle in Santa Teresa de Cajon, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten Many of the Bedminster workers from Costa Rica lived in Bound Brook, N.J., piling into vans each morning for the 30-minute drive to the course. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten A hat worn by a former worker at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster is placed on display in a home in San Jose, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten Marco Gamboa Fallas, a former worker at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, in Santa Teresa de Cajon, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten A former golf club worker holds golf tees from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster at a home in San Jose, Costa Rica. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Carolyn Van Houten Show Caption of Expand By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: February 8, 2019 at 10:55 am | UPDATED: February 8, … [Read more...] about Trump worker pipeline: From Costa Rica to New Jersey
SANTA TERESA DE CAJON, Costa Rica -- At his home on the misty slope of Costa Rica's tallest mountain, Dario Angulo keeps a set of photographs from the years he tended the rolling fairways and clipped greens of a faraway American golf resort. Angulo learned to drive backhoes and bulldozers, carving water hazards and tee boxes out of former horse pastures in Bedminster, New Jersey, where a famous New Yorker was building a world-class course. Angulo earned $8 an hour, a fraction of what a state-licensed heavy equipment operator would make, with no benefits or overtime pay. But he stayed seven years on the grounds crew, saving enough for a small piece of land and some cattle back home. related advertisement Dario Angulo works with his cattle in Costa Rica at sunrise. - Washington Post /Jan. 16, 2019 Now the 34-year-old lives with his wife and daughters in a sturdy house built by "Trump money," as he put it, with a porch to watch the sun go down.It's a common story in … [Read more...] about From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a pipeline of illegal workers for Trump goes back years
Someone is scattering homemade tire-gashing devices on streets in a New Jersey township, and police are looking for the culprit. Police in Vernon have recovered 20 devices with several different designs -- but they all are being placed on the ground in a way to puncture and slash car tires. "One style device really looks like a razor blade, like two razor blades together," said Vernon Police Chief Daniel Young. "They're obviously homemade, they're taking a lot of time to put them together. The other one is a little archaic, kind of like an oversized piece of barb wire." Young said there's a common target: "We've been finding them mostly at the entrance to farms." Man Caught on Video Faking Fall on Ice for Insurance Claim Most of the time, it's dark out when victims drive over the piercing devices, so they have no idea what they've encountered. Leon Yorke, who runs a local tire and auto shop, said it's the season for flats from potholes but these … [Read more...] about Homemade Tire-Gashing Devices Recovered From Roads in New Jersey Township
Susan Tompor and Janna Herron Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 25, 2019 Sitting down to do your taxes in the next few weeks — or talking with your tax preparer — will involve tackling the most sweeping changes in the federal income tax rules in more than 30 years. Tax filers need to keep in mind that more than 600 changes took place under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed by Congress in late 2017. All those changes even drove some industry experts to raise concerns early on about possible delays to the typical late January start of the tax season — and that was long before the federal government shutdown hit on Dec. 22. Even so, the Internal Revenue Service promises to kick off tax season as of Jan. 28, the earliest date you can file your returns. Will things end up being simpler? Maybe, if you’re able to tap into a substantially expanded standard deduction and you no longer must string together all sorts of receipts … [Read more...] about When to file your taxes and what new rules to expect