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US homebuilder confidence soars in September

US homebuilder confidence soars in September

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

UNDATED (AP) – U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years. The brighter outlook reflects growing optimism that sales will rise over the next six months, spurring growth in home construction. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose […]

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US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

US consumer prices fall 0.2 percent in August

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. consumer prices edged down in August, the first monthly drop since the spring of 2013, as gasoline, airline tickets and clothing prices all fell. It was the latest evidence that inflation remains under control. The Labor Department says consumer prices edged down 0.2 percent last month following a tiny 0.1 percent […]

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Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate investigators are blaming China for nearly two dozen successful hacker break-ins of computer networks belonging to Pentagon contractors. A yearlong investigation announced Wednesday by the Senate Armed Services Committee identified at least 50 intrusions since 2012 against unspecified contractors working for the U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom. It said at least […]

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Cuts to food stamps will only hit four states

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed. As a result, it’s unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP […]

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No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers and strategists is outlining a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. The group called No Labels says it intends to deliver its ambitious plan in October 2015, right as the next presidential campaign starts to rev up. More than […]

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Man drives across US, confesses to 1997 homicide

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

PHOENIX (AP) – A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after confessing that he killed an Arizona woman with a flashlight more than 15 years ago. Police say they probably would have never solved the cold case had 55-year-old Matthew Gibson not driven across the country to confess killing Barbara […]

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Obama heads to US Central Command

Obama heads to US Central Command

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – President Barack Obama is consulting today with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants. He’ll be visiting U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. Meanwhile, Congress continues debate on whether the U.S. should train and arm Syrian moderate troops in the battle against the militants. The House could […]

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House passes ‘no welfare for weed’ bill

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a bill that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the “no welfare for weed” bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make […]

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Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates

| September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The presence or absence of two key words could signal investors Wednesday on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate plans. The Fed will issue a statement after wrapping up a two-day meeting and the phrase that investors will be alert for is “considerable time” as they search for clues about the timetable for […]

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Crews gain ground on Northern California wildfire

Crews gain ground on Northern California wildfire

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

WEED, Calif. (AP) – Firefighters are gaining ground on a wildfire that raced through a far Northern California town, damaging or destroying 100 homes and a church. State fire spokeswoman Suzi Brady said Tuesday morning that the fire in the town of Weed near the Oregon border was 20 percent contained. There were no flames […]

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