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  • Paul Ryan: We’re working to change the rules for tax reform

    Ryan, the presumed successor to retiring Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp if the GOP holds the House of Representatives in November, said Thursday that "there are two things that we are working on right now" to help him succeed where Camp fell short in pushing comprehensive tax reform.

  • Clinton seeks to avoid Iowa '08 missteps

    Some Clinton allies argue the result in the 2008 caucuses was not as dismal as a third-place finish suggests, and that Clinton could have won in a normal, non-Obama year -- but Clinton isn't taking any chances.

  • French president agrees to Iraqi request for air support against Islamic State group

    PARIS (AP) — French president agrees to Iraqi request for air support against Islamic State group .

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.23 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan jumped to 4.23 percent from 4.12 percent last week. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a...

  • Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday. Enjoy the easy money while it lasts. By mid-2015, economists expect the Fed to abandon a nearly 6-year-old policy of keeping short-term rates at record lows....

  • Volatile apartment sector reduces US home building

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. But single-family house construction, a larger and more stable portion of the market, fell only modestly. Construction fell 14.4 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual...

  • Grimes' grandmother stars in new ad

    In the one-minute ad airing statewide, Grimes and her grandmother Elsie tell the story of how her grandfather struggled with medical bills after a stroke.

  • New intelligence strategy acknowledges damage from Snowden's leaks

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Thursday introduced a new national intelligence strategy that acknowledges the damage done to the nation's spy activities by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and pledges greater ethics and transparency in its work.

  • MANHATTAN MOMENT: 'The rates are too damn high'

    For a limited time, Hailo is lowering its fares during work hours, but price isn't the biggest advantage ridesharing services like Uber have over the traditional cab.

  • House GOP: Commerce 'ambushed' whistleblower interview

    "Commerce Department officials showed up uninvited to a transcribed interview with a Census Bureau employee and put her in a position where she was forced to risk retaliation," according to a joint House committee report.

  • Janet Yellen: Most American families lack savings and are 'extraordinarily vulnerable'

    The Fed chairwoman noted that families are still struggling in the wake of the recession, even though the economy has steadily, if slowly, improved.

  • Census: Marriage rate at 93-year low, even including same-sex couples

    The Census Bureau reported Thursday that the nation’s marriage rate has hit the lowest rate since 1920, and the first-time inclusion of same sex married couples did little to reverse the decline.

  • Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more — but low demand for the first round of its super-cheap loans suggests the difficulty the ECB faces in reviving the economy. The central bank for the 18-country eurozone...

  • US stocks buoyed after Fed continues low rates

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,186 in early trading Thursday, building on an all-time closing high from the...

  • Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor...



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