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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo for sale signs beckon buyers to homes along Park Avenue in Richmond, Va. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 21, 2019 - 7:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales increased 2.5% in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates have produced a spurt of home-buying. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.42 million units, up from 5.29 million in June...
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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo for sale signs beckon buyers to homes along Park Avenue in Richmond, Va. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 21, 2019 - 7:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales increased 2.5% in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates have produced a spurt of home-buying. The National Association of Realtors says homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.42 million units. Average interest rates on 30-year...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Samantha Estes prepares garments to be photographed at the ThredUp sorting facility in Phoenix. J.C. Penney and Macy’s are in the midst of rolling out a few dozen ThredUp branded shops each in time for the back-to-school shopping season. The partnerships follow a similar deal with department store retailer Stage Stores. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 20, 2019 - 1:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Out with the new and in with the old. As department stores watch their customers flock to second-hand stores, some are trying to bring them back by partnering with online resale sites. Last week, J.C. Penney and Macy's announced a pilot program to set aside sections inside a few...
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FILE- In this July 10, 2018, file photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 19, 2019 - 1:41 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint, according to the...
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Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump arrives to a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
August 15, 2019 - 5:13 pm
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's campaign rally in New Hampshire (all times local): 8:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is telling supporters that even if they don't like him, they have to vote for him because their retirements depend on it. Speaking at a rally for his...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2018, file photo the General Electric logo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. General Electric’s stock is tanking after a report which claims the company has been misleading investors. Investigator Harry Markopolos accused GE Thursday, Aug. 15, of engaging in accounting fraud worth $38 billion. He said GE is heading for bankruptcy and is hiding $29 billion in long-term care losses. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 15, 2019 - 1:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A whistleblower who warned regulators about Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme is now accusing General Electric of misleading investors, sending the company's stock on a downward spiral. Investigator Harry Markopolos accused GE on Thursday of engaging in accounting fraud worth $38...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2011 file photo, guests stand outside the new Spaceport America hangar in Upham, N.M. Virgin Galactic is scheduled to unveil the interior of its digs at Spaceport America, providing the first glimpse of mission control, a prep area for pilots and where paying customers will lounge ahead of their suborbital flights. Company officials are gathering Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at the remote facility in the New Mexico desert to show off two levels of the custom-tailored hangar at the taxpayer-financed spaceport. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 14, 2019 - 10:10 pm
UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, Vincent Seeborn, 2, reaches out from a structure on the playground at the Wallingford Child Care Center in Seattle. Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
August 12, 2019 - 9:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. The report ,...
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FILE - This July 8, 2019 file photo shows signs urging Alaska lawmakers to fund a full oil wealth fund check, known locally as the PFD, in Wasilla, Alaska. For decades, Alaska has had an uneasy reliance on oil, building budgets around its volatile boom-or-bust nature. When times were rough, prices always seemed to rebound, forestalling a day of reckoning some believe may finally have come. The situation has politicians weighing changes to the annual dividend paid to residents from earnings of the state's oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
August 08, 2019 - 10:18 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself "Alaska's Playground." But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their...
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In this May 10, 2019, photo, a man walks in shade of a building as other people rest at a bench in Tokyo. Japanese government data are showing Japan’s economy grew at a better-than-expected 1.8% seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the April-June quarter on healthy consumer spending and capital investment. The Cabinet Office reported Friday, Aug. 9, Japan’s gross domestic product or GDP - the total value of a nation’s goods and services - was lifted by solid spending in the private sector as well as government investment, although exports faltered.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 08, 2019 - 7:59 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government data is showing Japan's economy grew at a better-than-expected 1.8% seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the April-June quarter on healthy consumer spending and capital investment. The Cabinet Office reported Friday Japan's gross domestic product or GDP — the...
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