Real Estate

US home construction reaches strongest pace in a year

Nov 17, 2017

US construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October; building of apartment complexes surged

Mortgages rates rise: 30-year hits 4-month high 3.95 percent

Nov 16, 2017

Mortgages rates rise: 30-year hits 3.95 percent, highest since July

US homebuilder sentiment rises in November

Nov 16, 2017

U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes

Personal Finance

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try

Nov 17, 2017

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try in GOP tax plan

The Latest: Senate panel approves tax overhaul bill

Nov 17, 2017

The Senate's Republican-led tax panel has moved toward ending the Affordable Care Act's requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance

Walmart's online bets paying dividends in the age of Amazon

Nov 17, 2017

Surging online sales and strong food sales boost Walmart's results ahead of holiday season

Intellectual Property

You own it: New Zealand party told to pay for Eminem rip-off

Oct 25, 2017

A court ordered New Zealand's main conservative political party to pay Eminem's publisher $415,000 for breaching copyright by using a song too similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in its campaign ads

Regulators have flip-flopped on legality of some bump stocks

Oct 9, 2017

Bump stocks like the ones found in the hotel room of the Las Vegas shooter have been around for decades, but federal regulators have flip-flopped about whether some versions are legal

Commerce chief: US to tackle 'bigger' China trade issues

Sep 27, 2017

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Trump administration's priorities as it prepares to tackle "bigger" and "more difficult" trade issues with China are better market access, less protectionism and protecting intellectual property rights

Financial Services

Are holiday credit card promotions right for you?

Nov 16, 2017

Offers of deferred interest and 0 percent introductory APR can let you avoid credit card interest during the holidays. But if you aren't careful, one of these promotions could cost you a lot more than the other

Consumers' market remake if 'Obamacare' mandate repealed

Nov 16, 2017

Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others

'Obamacare' mandate repeal would remake market for consumers

Nov 15, 2017

Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others

Government Finance

White House requests $44 billion disaster aid bill

Nov 17, 2017

The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that falls far short of demands from hurricane-hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try

Nov 17, 2017

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try in GOP tax plan

The Latest: Trump calls Democrats 'obstructionists' on taxes

Nov 17, 2017

President Donald Trump says the Democrats could exert greater sway over the shape of tax overhaul legislation if they weren't focused wholly on defeating it

Financial Markets

Strong earnings from Wal-Mart, Cisco drive US stocks higher

Nov 16, 2017

Strong quarterly earnings from Wal-Mart Stores, Cisco Systems and other companies are driving U.S. stocks higher in late-afternoon trading, placing the market on course to snap a two-day losing streak

Global stocks higher, oil prices steady

Nov 16, 2017

Global stock markets are higher while crude oil prices are steady

Asian stocks, oil prices steady

Nov 16, 2017

Asian stock markets and prices of oil are steady despite a second straight day of losses on Wall Street overnight

International Trade

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

Nov 17, 2017

EU leaders warned Britain Friday that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to future relations and trade from December

Activists praise Trudeau's comments about Duterte crackdown

Nov 16, 2017

An international rights group has praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for expressing concerns about the Philippine president's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, saying the "quiet diplomacy" adopted by other leaders won't stop the drug killings

Former Malaysian PM: Current government 'must go'

Nov 16, 2017

The man who led Malaysia through the final two decades of the 20th century and has waded back into its politics in recent months says the country's current government is deeply problematic and "must go"

Consumer Affairs

Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

Nov 16, 2017

Tens of millions of "robocalls" pester Americans every day. But some tools can help.

Consumer safety group unveils its 'worst toys' list

Nov 14, 2017

Fidget spinners, a Wonder Woman "battle sword" and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.

Judge skeptical of need to reinstate Trump health care cuts

Oct 24, 2017

An attorney for California was grilled by a federal judge skeptical of a push by 18 states to immediately reinstate "Obamacare" subsidies cut off by the Trump administration

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