Real Estate

Average US mortgage rates edge lower; 30-year at 3.89 pct.

Aug 17, 2017

Average US mortgage rates edge lower this week; 30-year at 3.89 pct.

US home construction slumped in July

Aug 16, 2017

US housing starts fell 4.8 percent in July as apartment construction plunged

US homebuilder sentiment climbs in August

Aug 15, 2017

US homebuilder sentiment climbs in August amid growing demand

Personal Finance

Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials

Aug 17, 2017

Sierra Leone's president has joined with families in paying final respects to victims of this week's mudslides and flooding in the capital, while the government is warning residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack opened

Better than expected, barely good enough: Profits and stocks

Aug 17, 2017

Companies are in the midst of reporting some of their strongest profit growth in years, and the results have been even better than analysts expected

Syria claims business comeback with international trade fair

Aug 17, 2017

Syria claims business comeback with first international trade fair since war erupted, sign of government confidence

Intellectual Property

The Latest: Trump signs executive action on trade with China

Aug 14, 2017

Trump asks his trade office to explore a possible investigation into China for the alleged theft of American technology and intellectual property

Trump to seek trade probe of China amid NKorea tensions

Aug 14, 2017

Even as he seeks Beijing's help with North Korea, President Donald Trump is poised to seek a trade investigation of China for the alleged theft of American technology and intellectual property

Trump to request possible probe of China trade practices

Aug 13, 2017

An administration official says President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order asking his trade office to consider investigating China for the alleged theft of American technology and intellectual property

Financial Services

Acclaimed modernist architect Gunnar Birkerts dies at 92

Aug 18, 2017

Gunnar Birkerts, an internationally acclaimed modernist architect who designed buildings including the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and the University of Michigan Law Library, has died

European Central Bank still concerned about low inflation

Aug 17, 2017

An account of the European Central Bank's last meeting shows its policymakers were still concerned that inflation was too low

Global stocks slip as investors digest central bank reports

Aug 17, 2017

Global stock markets mostly lower as investors digest accounts of US and eurozone central banks' meetings

Government Finance

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

Aug 17, 2017

With bipartisan support the Wisconsin Assembly has approved a $3 billion tax break for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state

The Latest: At least 1 Wisconsin Democrat backs Foxconn

Aug 17, 2017

A $3 billion tax break bill for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group is poised to pass the Wisconsin Assembly on a bipartisan vote

On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

Aug 16, 2017

President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on Amazon, and he says the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers."

Financial Markets

A midday rally fades as sporting goods stocks are penalized

Aug 18, 2017

US stocks can't maintain a midday rally and finish lower as sporting goods companies sink following disappointing results from Foot Locker and Hibbett Sports

Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

Aug 18, 2017

In a pro-Trump county gripped by addiction and despair, the president's supporters now have differing degrees of faith that he can help turn things around as promised

Geopolitical uncertainty stalks markets after Spain attacks

Aug 18, 2017

World stock markets slide as U.S. political upsets, Spain terror attack batter global investor sentiment

International Trade

Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser

Aug 19, 2017

President Donald Trump is losing another informal adviser: billionaire investor Carl Icahn

Skeptics dismiss Bannon's call for economic war with China

Aug 18, 2017

Advocates of a measured approach by the U.S. in dealing with China as an economic rival are dismissing White House adviser Steve Bannon's call for economic war

The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture

Aug 18, 2017

The real revolution in North Korea is the rise of a new consumer culture

Consumer Affairs

Pressured by government, Uber agrees to protect rider data

Aug 15, 2017

Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to protect data and audit use of rider information to settle a complaint from the federal government that it deceived customers

Consumers Reports pulls Microsoft laptop recommendation

Aug 10, 2017

Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of four Microsoft laptops after a survey found that users were complaining about problems with the devices

Apple to open data center in China with government ties

Jul 13, 2017

Apple will open a data center in mainland China with ties to the country's government in a move likely to raise concerns about the security of iCloud accounts that store personal information transferred from iPhones, iPads and Mac computers there

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