Money Matters - Simplified


4 Dividend Stocks Showing You the Money

Dividend checks continue to get fatter in Corporate America, as more companies jack up their distribution rates. Readers of the Income Investor newsletter can certainly appreciate that kind of thinking. Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.

Kardashian and Aubry break up

Los Angeles -- U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian and fashion model Gabriel Aubry are no longer dating, a source told Tuesday.

The couple dated for several weeks before deciding their relationship "was moving too fast," the unnamed insider said.

They are "better off as friends," the source told
Aubry has a 2-year-old daughter with actress Halle Berry, who he broke up with last April after five years together.

Kardashian dated professional football player Miles Austin for a few months before splitting from him in September.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Bonaduce weds for third time

Maui, Hawaii -- U.S. radio personality Danny Bonaduce has married his third wife, Amy Railsback, in Hawaii, the couple confirmed on his Web site.

Bonaduce is best known for his work on the classic TV sitcom "The Partridge Family." He now has a morning program on WYSP-FM.

The message on Bonaduce's Web site said he and Railsback exchanged vows at a Nov. 22 private ceremony officiated by the Rev. Roland Nono at the Four Seasons in Maui.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Picture of the Day: Will This Be a December to Remember?

 And we're off! December 2010 started with a bang yesterday, as the Dow raced ahead 2.3%, erasing three straight days of losses over the course of a few short-but-happy hours. And it's only going to get better from here, right?


Ford not cooking more now that he's wed

New York -- Hollywood icon Harrison Ford says he isn't cooking more than he used to now that he is married to actress Calista Flockhart.

The couple began dating in 2002 and married in June. Flockhart is Ford's third wife.

Asked at a New York news conference where he was promoting his new film "Morning Glory" if he has been showing off his skills in the kitchen since he became a newlywed, the 68-year-old looked taken aback and replied: "Me, a newlywed? Look at me, I'm always wed. We were together for 10 years. The honeymoon's over!

"I like to cook. I like to cook, and I like to eat at home," he explained. "I like meals in minutes. I like to get it done and eat. I don't do the red-wine reduction all day long."

Wedding limo carjacked at Mass. church

Dorchester, Mass. -- Members of a New England wedding party said they didn't want to upset the happy couple by telling them their limousine had been carjacked.

Six bridesmaids and the limo driver were forced out of the vehicle Saturday by a hammer-wielding assailant outside a Dorchester, Mass., church while the bride and groom were inside, the Boston Globe reported Sunday.

"They all acted as if nothing happened," The Right Rev. Jack Ahern told the Globe. "They just didn't want to ruin the bride's wedding."
No one was hurt in the incident, Ahern said.

The car was found a short time later, but the suspect remained at large.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Quaids say people want to 'whack' them

Los Angeles -- Hollywood actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi say a group of shadowy figures they called "star whackers" want to ruin his career and kill them both.

The couple have been in the news for more than a year for their bizarre behavior and brushes with the law, which include skipping out on hotel bills, squatting in properties they formerly owned, resisting arrest and failing to appear in court as scheduled.

But E! News said the Quaids claim they are on the run from unnamed agents who are bugging their phones, hacking into their computers and following their every move.

Cat crosses town to get home

Springfield, Ill. -- An Illinois man said a cat given to an elderly couple made a trek of at least 6 miles to return to his home.

James Grean said he and his wife, Nancy, already had four cats when Tom turned up at their home, so after he lived with them for about a year they took a suggestion from Dr. Dena Nelson, veterinarian at All Cat Clinic in Springfield, and gave him to an elderly couple Aug. 18, The Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register reported Wednesday.

Grean said he and his wife checked in with the new owners and they said Tom was doing fine, but he was shocked when he left for work Oct. 14 and was greeted by Tom in his driveway.

Kelsey Grammer's girlfriend miscarries just weeks after revealing pregnancy

It is sad news for Kelsey Grammer and his girlfriend Kayte Walsh, who were expecting their first child together. More than a month after announcing pregnancy, the duo has revealed that they have lost their baby.

Couple find, return lost wedding ring

Austin, Texas -- A Texas widow who dropped her diamond wedding ring in a store parking lot said the couple who found and returned the ring restored her "faith in mankind."

Mary Hornsby, 73, whose husband, Michael, died while training for the Vietnam War in 1965, said she searched the parking lot of the Costco store in Austin after the 1-carat diamond ring slipped off her finger Monday morning but saw no sign of it, the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday.