Dropping out of college because of the costs of raising a child

As a growing number of young parents find a way to pay for and attend college, they’re confronting a spotty and inadequate child-care system that drives many to drop out.

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    Pentagon imposes strict standards on security firms

    The effort gives the DOD the ability to more easily hold private security contractors accountable.

    Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

    Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

    Here’s when the big sales are slated to kick off.

    Mortgage rates mostly flat heading into holiday

    Mortgage rates mostly flat heading into holiday

    The 30-year fixed-rate average dips to 3.97 percent, remaining below 4 percent for the second week in a row.

    A much merrier mood this year on Main Street

    A much merrier mood this year on Main Street

    Last year, the mood was more “Bah Humbug” than “Joy to the World.” So what changed for small businesses?

    Why was the recession so much worse for small businesses? Blame lending

    Why was the recession so much worse for small businesses? Blame lending

    Timid banks and tight credit hurt small businesses, but not big ones, new research argues.

    What a Thanksgiving “turkey” made of hot dogs teaches us about the new world of food marketing

    What a Thanksgiving “turkey” made of hot dogs teaches us about the new world of food marketing

    Food companies increasingly are betting that the route to your dinner table is through your social networks.

    Columnists

    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    Giving gift cards at Christmas used to feel lazy. Why I have no guilt this year.

    Spending on gift cards is expected to reach $31 billion, an increase of 83 percent since 2003.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    You just signed a
    $325 million deal. Now what?

    Giancarlo Stanton’s baseball deal isn’t as much as it sounds like, and he still needs to budget and plan ahead.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Doggett parking’s real dividend is in its Heroes charity

    Washington nonprofit helps families of fallen police, firefighters move forward; it was Bud Doggett’s Way.

    Market News

    US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

    US stock indexes hold near record; Deere slumps

    U.S. stocks aren’t moving much in midday trading as indexes remain near record levels.

    Wonkblog

    Democrats have a new internal battle: the middle class vs. the poor

    Democrats have a new internal battle: the middle class vs. the poor

    Two internal Democratic Party disputes this week are surfacing tensions over who the party should focus on: the poor or the middle class.

    Just how bad global warming is for the world’s polar bear population

    Just how bad global warming is for the world’s polar bear population

    Losing Arctic ice means losing polar bears.

    Map: Where your Thanksgiving dinner comes from

    The most American thing about Thanksgiving dinner might be how different parts of the country play a role in bringing the meal to each table.

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    Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

    Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

    As the holidays begin, here’s a look at several new books that would make for professionally useful gifts.

    Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

    Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

    New research suggests when bankers are reminded of their profession, they’re more likely to cheat.

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    How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

    How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

    These steps will reduce your chances of paying for someone else’s shopping spree.

    How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

    How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

    Remember when people used to elbow their way through crowds at sunrise to get the best deals? Those days are over.

    The Switch

    In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

    In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

    The caveat: even that growing global online population tends to look a lot like that of the United States -- relatively well-off, generally educated, and fairly young.

    #HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

    #HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

    Traveling by train? air? hot air balloon? Someone is always watching you.

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