• Gauge of US economy jumps 0.7 percent in April

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose in April by the largest amount in nine months, a sign that the economy is beginning to accelerate from a sharp slowdown during the winter. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading...

  • California water cuts move to those with century-old rights

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state....

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.84 percent

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged slightly lower this week after rising for three straight weeks. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked down to 3.84 percent this week from 3.85 percent a week...

  • Manufacturing in Philly area grew at a slower pace in May

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing growth in the Philadelphia region slowed a bit in May, one of several recent signs the U.S. economy is barely improving after an anemic start to the year. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of factory activity slipped...

  • President Barack Obama's trade agenda advances to full Senate debate

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's trade agenda advances to full Senate debate.

  • Tribune Media declares 25-cent dividend

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that its board of directors declared its first quarterly dividend and set the amount at 25 cents per share. The Chicago-based media and entertainment company was created by splitting up The Tribune Co. into Tribune Media and Tribune...

  • New Jersey's recovery from Superstorm Sandy, at a glance

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    Parts of the Jersey shore are still recovering from Superstorm Sandy 2 1/2 years after the devastating storm. While substantial progress has been made in rebuilding, thousands of homes still remain uninhabitable, and aid for rebuilding is still being parceled out. Here's a look at some...

  • US stocks open slightly lower following mixed earnings news

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging lower in early trading as investors look over some uneven company earnings reports. NetApp sank 9 percent early Thursday, the most in the Standard & Poor's 500 index, after reporting disappointing results. Dollar Tree fell 1 percent after reporting...

  • Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar stores

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dollar Tree expects to reach a deal in the coming days to sell about 330 Family Dollar stores in order to receive approval of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar. The dollar-store chain did not name the possible buyer for the Family Dollar stores or which...

  • US home sales tumbled 3.3 pct. in April as buyers faced shortage of listings, surging prices

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US home sales tumbled 3.3 pct. in April as buyers faced shortage of listings, surging prices.

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