NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Thursday, August 15.
Judge is open to repayment of swipe fees
A federal judge threatened to further crimp a once-lucrative profit center for banks and credit-card companies, saying they may need to reimburse retailers potentially billions of dollars in debit-card transaction fees he previously ruled were set too high.
New York Times website outage raises suspicions of a cyberattack
When the New York Times website went dark Wednesday morning, suspicions that it had been the target of a cyberattack were raised immediately. Those beliefs were seemingly bolstered when Fox Business, citing an unnamed source, reported that the newspaper had been breached. So far, the New York Times has said little, other than blaming internal "technical difficulties." The paper's website began slowly coming back online shortly after 10 a.m. PDT.
Average cost to raise a kid: $241,080
From day care to the monthly grocery bill, the cost of raising a child is climbing at a rate that many families can't keep up with.
It will cost an estimated $241,080 for a middle-income couple to raise a child born last year for 18 years, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. That's up almost 3% from 2011 and doesn't even include the cost of college
In choosing college, major, it comes down to money
The financial burden of paying for college has families cost-cutting before their kids even apply to schools. And it's affecting students' decisions about not only where to go, but what to study, according to survey data given exclusively to USA TODAY. The survey by Discover Student Loans, to be released Thursday, found that nearly half of adults are limiting their child's college choices based on price.