Amy Langfield, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

College costs continue to rise, but one segment might not be very worried: 24 percent of millennials said they expect their loans will ultimately be forgiven, according to a study released Wednesday by Junior Achievement and PwC US. That could be a lot of accumulated debt, considering the average amount of cumulative student debt for …

Punishment for the sin of being late on a credit card payment is getting slightly less onerous for users who fail to pay their bills on time, according to a report issued Monday by CreditCards.com. Fewer card issuers are imposing rate penalties at all, according to the survey of 100 U.S. credit cards. For those …

It’s no longer just hospitals and health care companies that are worrying about whether their workers may have been exposed to Ebola. FirstEnergy on Thursday said two of its employees will work from home with pay for 21 days after it learned they came in contact with the second nurse who contracted Ebola in the …

There’s been much talk about the growth of the student loan burden, and an analysis released Wednesday by TransUnion shows college debt among 20-somethings is indeed affecting their ability, or desire, to take on additional loans—most notably mortgages. A decade ago, student loans accounted for only 12.9 percent of the total debt load carried by people ages …

Call them the almost-grads. This week, Wal-Mart Stores Vice President David Tovar had to very publicly acknowledge that the reason he was leaving the retailer was that the company uncovered he hadn’t finished all the courses he needed for the degree listed on his resume. Thousands of other “college graduates” are probably in the same boat and don’t even …

Amtrak, you could say, is an aging railroad looking for a magic pill that can get its infrastructure juiced up enough so it can handle the fastest new things on the market. Created by Congress in 1970 from the remnants of failing private passenger train lines, Amtrak remains saddled with failing, high-maintenance infrastructure as it tries …

A hotel suddenly drowning in bad online reviews over a $500 fee for bad online reviews said Monday it was only joking. “The policy regarding wedding fines was put on our site as a tongue-in-cheekresponse to a wedding many years ago. It was meant to be taken down long ago and certainly was never enforced,” …

Travelers have one more place to watch their backs when they’re on the road: the hotel business center. The U.S. Secret Service on Monday confirmed it has warned the hotel industry about malware installed on computers in business centers that allow crooks to monitor every keystroke typed on a device, yielding a motherlode of personal …

As the national debate continues over whether to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25 hour, there are more than a million workers making ends meet on the tipped minimum wage, which starts as low as $2.13 an hour. The law requires employers to make up the difference if bad tippers keep a worker from …

As spending goes up at the major theme parks, this summer’s new rides are getting taller, faster and far more intricate. Big openings include the Harry Potter experience in Florida and a record-breaking but classic-style wooden roller coaster in Illinois. One of the big additions for the summer, the opening of the The Wizarding World of …

The recession finally appears to be in the rear-view mirror for Americans planning to travel more this summer, and many will even indulge in upgrades, according to several new industry reports. A post-recession high of 36.1 million people are expected to travel during Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff to the summer travel season, AAA …

Airlines and travelers have started the messy business of rebounding after a day of more than 7,100 flight cancellations, making it the worst day so far of a long, cold, sloggy winter. The latest Nor’easter, blamed for 21 deaths, dumped up to 28 inches of snow in the East Coast, NBC News reported. As of Friday …

The American public has until Friday to make their voices heard on whether they want to hear people talking on cellphones on planes. That’s the deadline set by the Federal Communications Commission for public comment on the hot-button issue. Comments can submitted online for issue No. 13301, with reaction to the comments open until March 17. Some comments …

Another severe ice and snowstorm blew through the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday, grounding more than 2,000 flights before daybreak as states of emergency were declared in many regions to keep people off the roads. “The storm is having a huge impact on air travel in the Northeast,” FlightAware CEO Daniel Baker said in an …

Customer information at more than a dozen hotels may have been stolen in yet another data breach, according to a company that manages several hundred properties for large hotel chains. The breach was first reported by security researcher Brian Krebs. The breach appears to have targeted the Merrillville, Ind.-based White Lodging Services, which manages hotels for several major …