ROCHESTER, NH (AP) — A New Hampshire woman got a surprise at a Burger King drive-thru: a bag full of cash instead of food.

Janelle Jones says she discovered on the way home that the bag did not contain the sweet tea and junior spicy chicken sandwich that she had ordered Friday at the Rochester fast-food restaurant.

Fosters Daily Democrat reports that Jones called her husband and they decided to return the $2,631, which was a Burger King bank deposit.

Matthew Jones says the couple briefly considered keeping the money, which they certainly could have used. But he says he and his wife are Jehovahs Witnesses, and that Jehovah sees everything.

The newspaper...

Oil is down 47% since June 2014 while Penn West Petroleum (NYSE:PWE) is down over 80% from its 52-week high. The leverage to oil must be quite high at Penn West. Bankruptcy could be just around the corner as the plummeting price of oil and debt service combine to bury the company. At least that would be the conclusion judging from the 52% drop in the share price since the OPEC meeting at the end of November. Were in decidedly deep-value territory here. But you know the old saying: Cheap can always get cheaper.

At first glance, Penn West looks as if it has reached absurd levels given the steps they have taken to counter the OPEC discount. They have cut the dividend by 75% (there were...

LendingClub (
LC

) and OnDecks (
ONDK

) stellar December IPOs will likely set the stage for other
consumer and small business lending platforms to go public in 2015.
Student loan-focused peer-to-peer lender SoFi and OnDeck competitor
CAN Capital are both weighing an IPO. Private investors have also
poured capital into other fintech startups like mobile payment
providers (eg Square) and consumer finance websites (eg Credit
Karma).

Bank earnings and loans are expected to increase this year, according to a new forecast from Sterne Agee Leach.

Mergers and acquisitions among banks also are projected to rise, with CenterState Banks Inc. (NASDAQ: CSFL) on Sterne Agees potential sales list, albeit as a surprising seller.

Davenport-based CenterState, the second-largest bank headquartered in Tampa Bay with $3.6 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, has been an active acquirer, but IberiaBank Corp.s pending purchase of Old Florida Bancshares Inc. could flip CSFL into a seller vs. its buyer of choice, the report said. We believe CSFLs deposit franchise is a strong one and would be of particular interest to would-be...

When history is written, the Lending Club IPO will serve as the tipping point for the disruption of the traditional lending model, and ultimately the unraveling of the banking sector as we know it. With vertical markets adding up to tens of trillions of dollars, coinciding with a perfect storm of consumer-behavior shifts and record high anti-bank sentiment, its no wonder that investors and consumers alike are screaming revolution!

In raising $870 million dollars, the Lending Club IPO accomplishes three major things: money for growth, consumer accessibility, and market validation.

Money for Growth

Lending Clubs growth metrics are off the charts, at 189 percent between...

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything new regarding Solus, the Unreal Engine 4 survival game taking place on an alien world.

We did an interview with Hourences, the development team behind the game last year, but since that time they’ve kept their mouths shut tight regarding the development of the game. Thankfully, it won’t be too long now before we get some solid gameplay details and get to see the game in action.

According to Hourence’s website, the development team has secured an additional $50,000 in funding for the game through the Noridc Game program which provides grants...

Weve never seen this type of volume, particularly all at once, said the Community Food Banks executive director, Evelyn Benton.

Food distribution was up 12.5 percent from July to November last year, compared with the same period in 2013, she said. Thats a jump from 3.3 million pounds of food to 3.8 million pounds.

There is a lot of shock, Benton said. People werent really expecting it, and its really blindsided them. Virtually all of them have never been in this charitable system before.

Demand is so high that the food bank dispatched an extra mobile pantry to serve 470 families in nearby Galloway Township, another enclave heavily populated by casino workers.

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More personalized lending could offer substantial savings for some borrowers. A 2013 report from the Center for American Progress estimated 70 percent of outstanding federal student loans have rates of more than 5 percent. Rates on Direct PLUS loans for parents and graduate students are currently 7.21 percent, and direct unsubsidized loans for graduate students: 6.21 percent. It doesnt make sense to get such high rates, especially for creditworthy borrowers, said Klein.

Grant joins The Daily Circuit to talk about how to sort out financial options when considering higher education.

10 Best Debt is a highly respected organization that periodically recognizes and awards debt consolidation companies for their work with their clients. This year, ten top debt consolidation firms have been chosen for the entire year of 2014.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 29, 2014

Every year, 10 Best Debt ranks debt companies and distributes awards in a variety of categories. One category is the ten best debt consolidation firms. Each company must meet criteria set forth by 10 Best Debt to be able to content for the top spot.

American Debt Enders, based in New York, ranks number three on the list of contenders for best debt consolidation firm. American Debt Enders...

The Wayne Theatre Alliance announced on Wednesday that it has secured funding to proceed with the final phase of the effort to renovate the 89-year-old Downtown Waynesboro landmark. Video from Augusta Free Press with comments from  executive director Clair Myers, WTA board member John Curry, Waynesboro City Councilman Tim Williams and Waynesboro city manager Mike Hamp.