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  • University of Michigan: Consumer sentiment dips in July

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer sentiment slipped this month but remains at healthy levels, the University of Michigan said Friday. Michigan's index of consumer sentiment fell to 93.1 in July from 96.1 the previous month. Richard Curtin, chief economist for the survey, blamed the drop on the...

  • US paychecks grow at record-slow pace in 2nd quarter

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers. The employment cost...

  • Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American intelligence agencies have concluded that the Islamic State group is no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago. That's despite billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed. The military campaign has...

  • Clinton charity donors surge amid Hillary Clinton's campaign

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new list of donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation shows a marked surge in donations and the numbers of contributors to the family charity in the first half of this year — at the same time that Hillary Rodham Clinton ramped up her campaign for the...

  • 4 Democrats get behind Obama's Iran nuclear deal

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Democrats, including one who represents an American hostage in Iran, said Thursday they would support the Iran nuclear deal in a major boost for President Barack Obama. "It's very clear to me that the agreement is the best path forward," two-term Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee,...

  • Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved energy legislation Thursday that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open more areas of the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration. Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel,...

  • Spring rebound for US economy sets stage for Fed rate hike

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy isn't moving at warp speed, but it looks like it will be strong enough to handle an expected interest rate increase later this year. Fueled by solid consumer spending, Thursday's report on the gross domestic product underscored the steady growth that is likely...

  • Congress passes 3-month highway, transit aid patch

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a three-month bill to keep highway and transit money flowing to states on Thursday, one day before the deadline for a cutoff of funds. Earlier in the day, the Senate passed a sweeping, long-term transportation bill, setting up discussions...

  • Health law's nonprofit insurance co-ops awash in red ink

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fed up with the insurance industry, Democrats used the health care overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete with the corporations. Now a government audit finds co-ops are awash in red ink. Only one out of 23 — the co-op in Maine — made money last year, said...

  • Prosecutors ask justices to review insider trading case

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court Thursday to reinstate securities fraud convictions against two hedge fund portfolio managers, saying a federal appeals court ruling in the financiers' favor makes it harder to prosecute insider trading. The justices should...

  • Correction: Zimbabwe-Lion Killed-3 Things story

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 29 about U.S. regulations and big game hunting, The Associated Press erroneously referred to The Human Society of the United States. It is The Humane Society of the United States. A corrected version of the story is below: US agency says it is 'deeply...

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.98 percent

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for a second straight week, with the key 30-year rate slipping below 4 percent. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.98 percent this week from 4.04 percent a week...

  • US home rental prices rise again in June

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around major job hubs such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Real estate data firm Zillow said Thursday that U.S. rental prices rose a seasonally adjusted 4.3...

  • Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 267,000

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market. The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid rose 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000. The four-week...

  • Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week to still-low level of 267,000

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week to still-low level of 267,000.

  • US cuts estimates for economic growth over past 3 years

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments. The Commerce Department says the economy expanded at just a 2 percent annual...

  • US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2, helped by strong consumer spending

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2, helped by strong consumer spending.

  • US home rental prices climb again in June

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home rental prices climbed much faster than incomes in June. But there are signs of slowing momentum around New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Real estate data firm Zillow says that U.S. rental prices rose a seasonally adjusted 4.3 percent in June from a year ago,...

  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety...

  • Takeaway from Fed meeting: Expect a rate increase this year

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Expectations have grown that sometime this year, the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates from record lows. The only question seems to be when. A statement the Fed issued Wednesday after ending its latest policy meeting provided no timetable. The central bank signaled...



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