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US stock indexes inch higher after back-to-back down weeks

New York (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher Monday, as the Standard & Poor's 500 index steadied following back-to-back losses the last two weeks. This week may be a calmer one for the stock market, after an uncharacteristically bumpy stretch shook...

 

Business leaders quit Trump panel; he hits back hard

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped into business leaders who resigned from his White House jobs panel — the latest sign that corporate America's romance with Trump is faltering — after his equivocal response to violence...

 

Transcript of Education Secretary DeVos' Interview with AP

A transcript of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' interview with The Associated Press, conducted last Wednesday in her office: ___ AP: President Trump has talked a lot about undoing some of the Obama legacy. When it comes to education can you talk to...

 

Credit Suisse bans trading of Venezuelan bonds

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit Suisse has banned the trading and use of Venezuelan bonds, as the political and financial crisis in the South American country escalates. The bank will no longer trade, nor accept as collateral, two specific types of...

 

A look at credit card skimmers and how to prevent fraud

Fuel theft using fraudulent credit cards has become widespread with the development of skimmers that steal account information at gas station pumps. Here's a look at how they work, what authorities are doing to combat them and what consumers can do...

 

Asian stocks slump on profit-taking after US-NKorea tensions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets slumped on Friday following overnight losses on Wall Street as U.S. President Donald Trump's bellicose remarks prompted investors to unload shares in companies that have been on the rise in recent...

 

US airlines bump fewer passengers after dragging backlash

DALLAS (AP) — Following widespread outrage over a passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked plane, U.S. airlines are bumping customers at the lowest rate in at least two decades. The Transportation Department said Tuesday that just one...

 

Entrenched poverty tough to shake in the Mississippi Delta

JONESTOWN, Miss. (AP) — Otibehia Allen is a single mother who lives in a rented mobile home in the same isolated, poor community where she grew up among the cotton and soybean fields of the Mississippi Delta. During a summer that feels like a...

 

Jobless rate raises question: How much better can it get?

WASHINGTON (AP) — A drop in the unemployment rate to a 16-year low raises a tantalizing question about the job market: How much better can it get? Earlier this year, economists worried that the low unemployment rate meant businesses would struggle...

 

Cannabis company plans to turn desert town into pot paradise

NIPTON, Calif. (AP) — Now that one of the nation's largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania? The name Weed already belongs to an old mill...

 

Stocks are at records, but it's no longer the 'Trump trade'

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market has never been higher, and President Donald Trump would like more people to pay attention. "Stock Market could hit all-time high (again) 22,000 today," Trump tweeted Tuesday about the Dow Jones industrial average,...

 

House GOP passes $788B bill for Pentagon, border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. The 235-192...

 

Report: Nebraska worst performing economy in country

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economies of Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota logged the worst performance in the U.S. in the beginning of 2017, with economic output declining in all three states, according to a report from a federal commerce bureau. Data...

 

US economy expanded at stronger 2.6 percent rate in Q2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by a surge in consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts...

 

Not much progress reported on effort to overhaul tax code

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration and Republican congressional leaders appear to have made little concrete progress on a plan to overhaul the tax code and lower business and personal rates. A joint statement issued Thursday offers fewer...

 

Trump weighs replacing Fed Chair Yellen with ex-Goldman exec

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's considering either re-nominating Janet Yellen for a second term as Fed chair or replacing her with someone else, possibly Gary Cohn, who leads his National Economic Council. Trump...

 

Trustees project biggest Social Security increase in years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program. But older Americans...

 

Cheaper gas, wireless plans keep US inflation in check

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower costs for gas, airline tickets, new and used cars and wireless mobile phone plans kept U.S. consumer prices flat in June, evidence that inflation remains muted. The unchanged reading followed a drop of 0.1 percent in May,...

 

Yellen says Fed watching slowdown in inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen raised the possibility Wednesday that the Fed would consider slowing the pace of its interest rate increases if inflation remained persistently below its target level. For the moment, Yellen...

 

Trump pledges $50 million to help women entrepreneurs

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday the U.S. would contribute $50 million to a new World Bank fund conceived by his daughter that aims to help women entrepreneurs access capital and other support. Ivanka Trump joined World...

 

Hiring surged last month in a sign of US economic vitality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring surged in June in a surprising show of U.S. economic vitality eight years into the recovery from the Great Recession. Pay gains remain weak, though, a stark reminder of one of the economy's key shortcomings. Employers...

 

Want your student loans forgiven? Avoid these 4 mistakes

Having college debt disappear is something many student loan holders can only dream of. But it's possible for some of the 44 million people in the U.S. with education loans. Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, people with federal...

 

Gains for energy companies and banks boost stock indexes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Monday as banks continued to climb along with interest rates, and energy companies rallied again with oil prices. Better-than-expected auto sales and a strong report on U.S. factories also boosted stocks. Energy...

 

Steep slide in tech companies pulls US stocks lower

A steep slide in technology companies pulled U.S. stocks lower Thursday, erasing gains from the previous day. Investors also sold big-dividend stocks as bond yields rose. Banks and energy stocks bucked the broader market decline. Crude oil prices...

 

Banks lead US stocks higher in afternoon trading; oil rises

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks higher in late-afternoon trading Wednesday as the market bounced back from losses a day earlier. Technology stocks were among the big gainers. Energy companies also were trading higher as the price...

 

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