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US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) – U.S. safety regulators are threatening fines and legal action against Takata Corp. for failing to admit that its driver’s-side air bag inflators are defective and should be recalled nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to the company Wednesday detailing the threats, which include a public hearing and possible […]

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Protests postpone St. Louis Thanksgiving parade

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The annual Thanksgiving Day parade in St. Louis has been postponed because of the continued protests over Michael Brown’s death and other fatal police shootings. Parade organizers cite community unrest that erupted after the Monday night announcement of a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson officer Darren […]

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US consumer sentiment rises for 4th straight month

US consumer sentiment rises for 4th straight month

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Greater optimism about income growth and future spending pushed U.S. consumer sentiment to a fresh 7-year high in November. The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment rose to 88.8 in November from 86.9 in October. That’s the highest since July 2007, five months before the Great Recession began. The […]

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US pending home sales slip in October

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes fell slightly in October as tight credit and lagging wages remained financial hurdles for would-be homebuyers. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index fell 1.1 percent the past month to 104.1. The index remains below its 2013 […]

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US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest. The Commerce Department says new home sales advanced 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000. That followed a smaller 0.4 percent gain in September and put sales […]

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US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

US consumer spending up 0.2 percent in October

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumers picked up spending by a modest amount in October, a slight improvement after no gain at all in the previous month. The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.2 percent last month, while September was revised from a decline to a flat reading. Income grew 0.2 percent in October, matching […]

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Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

Applications for US jobless aid jump to 313,000

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 313,000, the highest level since the first week of September. The four-week average, a less volatile […]

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2 FBI agents shot, wounded in St. Louis area

2 FBI agents shot, wounded in St. Louis area

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) – An FBI spokeswoman says two special agents have been shot in St. Louis County and that the incident isn’t directly related to the Ferguson protests. Rebecca Wu, a spokeswoman with the FBI St. Louis Division, says the agents were assisting the University City Police Department execute an arrest warrant at 2:53 […]

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Brown’s mother: Ferguson decision ‘heartbreaking’

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Michael Brown’s mother says it has been a “sleepless, very hard, heartbreaking and unbelievable” time for her since the announcement that a grand jury didn’t indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson for killing her son. Lesley McSpadden said during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday that she also felt that […]

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Black Friday gun buys test background check system

Black Friday gun buys test background check system

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) – As stores crowd with holiday shoppers, gun buyers will be challenging the nation’s background check system to keep up. There are already nine guns for every 10 people in the U.S. and someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. Stakes are already high with about 40 background checks requested […]

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