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US new-home sales plummet in June

US new-home sales plummet in June

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. The Commerce Department says new home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000. The report also revised down the May sales rate to […]

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US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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, nearly two years before the Great Recession began. The four-week average, […]

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Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he’s worried there’s a perception of the United States “disengaging” from global affairs. Gates, who also once headed the CIA, says he recognizes the ocean-to-ocean diplomacy the Obama administration has been carrying out in the Mideast and Eastern Europe and other world hot spots like Africa. […]

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NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

NYC official: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – The Manhattan district attorney says six people have been indicted in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users’ accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game, the U.S. Open and Broadway […]

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Poll shows majority support for gay marriage

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows a majority of public support repealing Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban. The latest poll released Wednesday shows 56 percent of voters support repealing the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriages. The poll of 804 registered voters was done between July 17 and Sunday. It […]

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Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is moving toward passage of an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs. The chamber reached agreement Wednesday that sets up a vote next week on several alternatives. But senators will likely end up simply adopting a measure that passed the GOP-controlled […]

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Man linked to gun said ‘bomber’ was best friend

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

BOSTON (AP) – A man linked to a gun used to kill a university police officer after the Boston Marathon bombing allegedly told police he smoked marijuana every day because, in his words, “my best friend was the bomber.” Stephen Silva was arrested Monday on charges of heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with […]

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New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil. It’s the government’s response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. The Department of Transportation […]

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Retail trade group reduces annual sales forecast

Retail trade group reduces annual sales forecast

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – The nation’s largest retail trade group is paring its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes. The Washington-based National Retail Federation says Wednesday that it now expects retail sales will rise 3.6 percent this year to […]

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House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation’s southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants. The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate. A Senate bill would spend $2.7 billion to […]

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