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  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.13 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan was 4.13 percent, unchanged from last week. The average for the 15-year...

  • United Airlines posts 2Q profit, reversing 1Q loss

    CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines is making money after a slow start to the year. The airline's net income in the second quarter hit $789 million, topping Wall Street expectations and marking a turnaround from the first quarter when United was the only major U.S. carrier to report a loss. The...

  • In the Middle East, a new alignment being born?

    The president has simply failed to respond to an outburst of violence around the world.

  • Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison. The Vatican characterized the visit with Meriam Ibrahim, 27, her husband...

  • Why there can never be 'peace in the Middle East'

    Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the power of his personal diplomacy can bring "peace to the Middle East." But, once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other, what is there to discuss?

  • Immigrant kids and the fear of disease

    The insistence on stigmatizing migrating foreigners because they are not exempt from normal health troubles is an old disorder. But it's entirely homegrown.

  • US new-home sales tumble 8.1 percent in June to annual rate of 406,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US new-home sales tumble 8.1 percent in June to annual rate of 406,000.

  • Europe lifts recommendation not to fly to Tel Aviv

    BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a recommendation that airlines refrain from flying to Tel Aviv airport. The agency said Thursday it is now recommending that national authorities base decisions on flying to Israel's main airport "on thorough risk assessments, in...

  • US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. That's the lowest reading since February 2006,...

  • Applications for US jobless benefits dip to 284,000; lowest level since February 2006

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US jobless benefits dip to 284,000; lowest level since February 2006.

  • 3M 2Q profit rises 6 percent

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — 3M's second-quarter profit jumped 6 percent as sales surged across all its businesses. The maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics posted net income of $1.27 billion, or $1.91 per share, in the quarter ending June 30, compared with $1.2 billion, or...

  • Union Pacific 2Q profit chugs ahead 17 percent

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. says its quarterly profit climbed 17 percent as the railroad hauled 8 percent more freight and raised shipping rates. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said Thursday that profit increased to $1.29 billion, or $1.43 per share, in the second quarter....

  • US stocks open higher as investors gauge earnings

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as several big companies across industries report second-quarter earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average rose two points, or 0.02 percent, to 17,089 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index also...

  • 5 California Things to Know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. OBAMA President wraps up West Coast fundraising trip, devoting part of day to promoting economic agenda at Los Angeles technical college. 2. DROUGHT Poll: Slim majority of...

  • At a glamorous, star-studded event, Obama blames Democrats for midterm losses, Republicans for 'phony scandals'

    President Obama at a star-studded Democratic fundraising event Wednesday evening praised his audience for putting him in the White House, but he also blamed them for handing the gavel to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.



From the Weekly Standard

  • For GOP, a Good Crop of Senate Candidates

    Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s...

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  • How to Play a Weak Hand in Iraq

    Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki knows what he wants: a third term in office for himself and U.S. military help in defeating ISIS (now the Islamic State). Political reconciliation between...

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  • The Ethics of Food and Drink

    Should the law compel nursing homes to starve certain Alzheimer’s patients to death? This is not an alarmist fantasy, but a real question, soon to be forced by advocates of ever-wider...

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