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August 21, 2014 1:39 PM Bank of America to pay $16.65 billion over mortgages

Bank of America has agreed to pay $16.65 billion in what would be the biggest mortgage securities fraud settlement. The agreement announced Thursday settles a probe by the Justice Department and six states related to banking practices dating to the financial crisis. The government accused the bank of misleading the buyers of mortgage-backed securities 10

August 21, 2014 11:57 AM Zaha Hadid: 'Would they still call me a diva if I was a man?'

(CNN) -- When I first meet Zaha Hadid she's as tight-lipped as a closed door. This is a woman who doesn't do idle chit chat. Why would you when you're the world's most famous female architect? Asked if people needed to be a little afraid of her, the brusque answer is "No," before shooting me a case-closed expression. "I think people are always intimidated 19

August 21, 2014 7:10 AM 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' Singer Nicki French: 'Memba Her?!

"Total Eclipse of the Heart" When you enter your name and email address you'll be sent a link via email to confirm your comment. Please keep your comments relevant to this post. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make the link live for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments 5

August 20, 2014 9:41 PM Bank of America nears record settlement

Bank of America is on the verge of finalizing a deal with the government to pay more than $16.5 billion in what would be the biggest mortgage securities fraud settlement. The agreement, to be announced as soon as Thursday, would settle a probe by the Justice Department and a group of states related to banking practices dating to the financial crisis 27

August 19, 2014 11:54 AM Ultra-Cheap TVs, Now With Roku Streamers Built Right In

In a few years, 4K content should be plentiful and OLED sets could be entirely affordable. But we’re not there yet. While you wait it out, it might be best to buy a cheap-but-decent set. A range of new sets from TCL and Hisense are good options, and they offer one feature no TV at any price can match: built-in Roku, with no box or stick required. That eliminates 30

August 18, 2014 3:05 AM 'The Strain' Episode 6 Recap: Ephraim Goodweather And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Hey, remember that time when a hungry vampire tore through a nursing home and start draining the elderly of their precious fluids? You know- last week on "The Strain?" Apparently "The Strain" doesn't. Look, it's not like "The Strain" is the most deadly serious show on TV. The subject matter is (vampires, Nazis, the inevitable bloodless death of the entire 42

August 15, 2014 1:03 PM Dancing About Architecture

Once upon a time I was a music writer for "The Deli," an indie magazine in New York City. Every week, my fellow music writers and I gathered at The Cake Shop on the Lower East Side to receive our story assignments and cds for review. We spent the rest of the time trying to out-obscure one another. Do you know this German band that only plays once a year during 26

August 15, 2014 2:27 AM 'Frank' finds its rhythm as offbeat musical comedy

Despite being almost too offbeat, this story about a band of misfit musicians proves a catchy comedy. Frank can be hard to wrap your head around, and it's impossible to sing along to one of his tunes. But that's the point of Frank (**½ out of four; rated R; opens Friday in select cities), a clunky-if-earnest comedy about a literal band of misfits led by a singer 36

August 14, 2014 10:53 PM July 2014 NPD: PS4 was No. 1 once again

In July, U.S. consumers spent $514.3 million on new gaming hardware, software, and accessories, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That’s up 16 percent over last year’s $443.1 million. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One once again accounted for the bulk of that spending. The U.S. spent more than $15 billion on console games alone last year, and 2014 is on pace to easily 25

August 14, 2014 7:33 PM Jodi Arias Faces Murdered Boyfriend's Ex In Court (LIVE UPDATES)

The trial of Jodi Ann Arias, which began Jan. 2, is one of the biggest court proceedings to take place since Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her child. The 32-year-old photographer is accused of shooting her lover, Travis Alexander, in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat from ear to ear in the shower of his Mesa, Ariz., apartment 14