Real Estate

Thirty-year fixed mortgage rate rises to 3.83 percent

Sep 21, 2017

Long-term mortgage rates rise: 30-year fixed hits 3.83 percent, up from low for 2017

US home sales off 1.7 pct., hurt by Harvey and low supply

Sep 20, 2017

US home sales declined 1.7 percent in August, dragged down by Hurricane Harvey and sales listing shortage

US housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop

Sep 19, 2017

US housing starts fell 0.8 percent in August, second straight monthly decline

Personal Finance

Note to Texas, Florida: Insurance fights over Sandy rage on

Sep 23, 2017

Hundreds of families swamped by 2012's Sandy still fight with government over flood payouts

AP FACT CHECK: Kimmel's take on health care harder to refute

Sep 22, 2017

AP FACT CHECK: Considering all the arguments, TV host Jimmy Kimmel's take on the Republican health care bill is harder to refute

When nearly everything's a winner, gold investors get antsy

Sep 21, 2017

In a world where nearly every investment is rising, so is gold

Intellectual Property

Former monk sues cosmetics giant over anti-aging formula

Aug 30, 2017

A former Roman Catholic monk has filed a federal lawsuit against cosmetics giant L'Oreal, accusing the company of stealing patented technology in an anti-aging wrinkle cream that his Massachusetts charity was selling to raise money for the poor

John Steinbeck's relatives by marriage in copyright dispute

Aug 30, 2017

John Steinbeck's step-daughter says film remakes of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "East of Eden" fell apart because the author's late son and widow impeded the projects

French designer in costly dispute over Pitt-Jolie chateau

Aug 20, 2017

A French lighting designer has won a $600,000 court ruling in a dispute with Brad Pitt over a grandiose re-design of his and Angelina Jolie's chateau in Provence

Financial Services

Opposition from GOP senators grows, jeopardizes health bill

Sep 24, 2017

Republican opposition to the last-ditch GOP health care bill is swelling to near-fatal numbers

After German vote, Europe can turn to patching euro's flaws

Sep 24, 2017

Germany's national election will be the starting gun for a renewed debate on how to fix longstanding flaws in how the euro currency is set up

Note to Texas, Florida: Insurance fights over Sandy rage on

Sep 23, 2017

Hundreds of families swamped by 2012's Sandy still fight with government over flood payouts

Government Finance

White House says tax plan to help business, middle class

Sep 24, 2017

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says a Republican tax overhaul plan expected to come out this week will offer help for the middle class and businesses

After German vote, Europe can turn to patching euro's flaws

Sep 24, 2017

Germany's national election will be the starting gun for a renewed debate on how to fix longstanding flaws in how the euro currency is set up

Trump aims to achieve congressional balancing act on taxes

Sep 24, 2017

President Donald Trump says he wants to lure Democratic lawmakers to sign on to a GOP-crafted tax overhaul, but negotiators must deal with the reality that any handouts to Democrats quickly could turn into turnoffs for the GOP.

Financial Markets

After German vote, Europe can turn to patching euro's flaws

Sep 24, 2017

Germany's national election will be the starting gun for a renewed debate on how to fix longstanding flaws in how the euro currency is set up

Energy leads US stocks indexes to a mostly higher finish

Sep 22, 2017

A listless day on Wall Street finished with U.S. stock indexes mostly eking out small gains Friday, as gains for energy, phone and industrial companies offset losses elsewhere

Jordan's young crown prince makes global debut in UN speech

Sep 22, 2017

Jordan's 23-year-old crown prince debuts at UN General Assembly, signaling he's being groomed for prominent role

International Trade

Trade panel says low-cost solar imports hurt US companies

Sep 23, 2017

A U.S. trade commission is preparing to consider whether to recommend tariffs on imported solar panels

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

Sep 23, 2017

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea in new pressure over nuclear, missile ambitions

Trade panel: Cheap imports hurt US solar industry

Sep 22, 2017

A U.S. trade commission has found that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to U.S. solar manufacturers

Consumer Affairs

Public shaming likely but GOP wary of new laws after Equifax

Sep 22, 2017

Prospects are good for a public shaming in the Equifax data breach, but it's unlikely Congress will institute sweeping new regulations after hackers accessed the personal information of an estimated 143 million Americans

Watchdog: Airfares for many travelers rise due to bag fees

Sep 20, 2017

A government watchdog says travelers who check at least one bag are paying more overall to fly than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008

Equifax says it had a security breach earlier in the year

Sep 19, 2017

Equifax had a separate security breach earlier this year, raising additional questions about company's security practices

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