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  • US homebuilder confidence soars in September

    U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years. The brighter outlook reflects growing optimism that sales will increase over the next six months. That could potentially spur growth in home construction, a key...

  • Tycoon's arrest sends shock wave through Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — The arrest of a Russian telecoms and oil tycoon has sent shock waves through the country's business community, with some fearing a return to the dark days of a decade ago, when the Kremlin asserted its power by imprisoning the country's then-richest man and expropriating his...

  • Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial markets are awaiting the end of a Federal Reserve meeting Wednesday to see whether the Fed sends any clearer signal about the timing of an interest rate increase. The phrase that investors will be alert for is "considerable time." The presence or absence of those two...

  • US current account deficit dips to $98.5 billion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed slightly in the April-June quarter, reflecting gains in exports of oil and civilian aircraft and a bigger surplus in Americans' overseas investment earnings. The deficit in the current account shrank to $98.5 billion in the...

  • Inflation slows in August for third consecutive month

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday that consumer prices rose 1.7 percent for the year ending in August. The Consumer Price Index fell at a 0.2 percent annual rate in August, adjusted for seasonal variation.

  • Tobacco pulls Left to defend states' rights

    Democrats and liberal activists have added a new argument to their litany of complaints against the Trans-Pacific Partnership; that an international trade deal being negotiated by the White House would hurt states' rights.

  • Asian stocks higher on China stimulus reports

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday, buoyed by reports that China is providing liquidity to major banks and hopes that the Federal Reserve will not speed up plans to raise interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.1 percent to 15,929.85...

  • Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans, Japanese and many Europeans aren't sold on the benefits of trade. But people in China and other developing countries are far more convinced that it delivers jobs and higher wages. That's according to a Pew Research Center international survey released Tuesday. The...

  • Navy prison redevelopment plan moving forward

    KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's shuttered prison. It isn't saying much else, though, because the proposals are cloaked in secrecy. Tom Kreidel, spokesman...

  • Advocates: New York is leader for migrant children

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York state is a national leader in helping thousands of unaccompanied migrant children who have fled Central America for the United States, but more funding is needed to give them a normal life, advocates told state legislators Tuesday. Organizations that provide shelter,...

  • Coast leads Miss. in urban economic growth in 2013

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The economy along Mississippi's Gulf Coast grew rapidly in 2013, while growth slowed in the state's other metropolitan areas. The figures, released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce Department, show that gross domestic product expanded by 4 percent in the...

  • New HUD chief: Mortgage credit too tight

    In one of his first speeches as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro joined other members of the Obama administration in warning that it now is too difficult to qualify for a home loan.

  • Foreign holdings of US Treasury securities dip

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign buyers of U.S. Treasury securities trimmed their holdings in July after hitting a record level in June. The two biggest purchasers, China and Japan, both cut back. The Treasury Department said Tuesday in its monthly report that foreign holdings dipped 0.3 percent in...

  • Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-"Redskins" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill. In a news...

  • French prime minister wins confidence vote

    PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence on Tuesday in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided his Socialist Party. The government's once comfortable margin was diluted in the 269-244 vote, with 53 abstentions. The result...



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