A traveler collects his bag from a luggage carousel in the Philadelphia International Airport in 2011. Baggage fees have helped financially desperate carriers stay aloft. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Nearly 60 percent of Americans have smartphones, up from just 8 percent five years ago. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The government took over mortgage giants Fannie Mae (seen in 2010) and Freddie Mac in 2008, during the worst of the housing crisis. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Ron Sachs/pool/Getty Images hide caption

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The Supreme Court's decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act will bring changes to retirement plans, health care and other benefits. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Only a few of these passengers will be able to get flights out of San Francisco, depending on how many miles they fly and their "value" to the airline. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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