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Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

Matt Ott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory.

US unemployment claims tick up but remain at low level

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

More Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but applications remained at a low level that suggests most workers enjoy job security.

Average 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.03 percent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week for the first time in five weeks. The benchmark 30-year rate pushed back above the key threshold of 4 percent.

Exxon fined $20 million for emissions from Texas plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

A judge has ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a penalty of nearly $20 million for releasing 10 million pounds of pollutants into the air over the course of eight years from a complex it operates east of Houston.

Insurance agent pleads guilty in $8.2M promissory note scam

Joe Mandak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:46am

A Pittsburgh-area insurance agent has pleaded guilty in a promissory note scam that federal prosecutors say defrauded customers out of $8.2 million since 2002.

The Latest: US wants early results from NKorea pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:40am

The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

The Latest: Democrat threatens to oppose spending bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:37am

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local):

Major Boston teaching hospital offering buyouts to 1,600

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:37am

One of Boston's most prestigious teaching hospitals is offering voluntary buyouts to 1,600 employees as a way to rein in costs during a period of uncertainty in the health care business.

United to offer bumped flyers up to $10,000 after video flap

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:30am

United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.

US stocks flitter close to records in mixed day for markets

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:24am

U.S. stock indexes flittered up and down Thursday, part of a mixed day for markets around the world.

Congress aims for Friday vote on bill to avoid shutdown

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:03am

Lawmakers are giving themselves a one-week extension on spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills.

AP Photos: Chernobyl's ghost town draws daring visitors

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:02am

A bulletin board in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat still bears an edition of the Sovietsky Patriot newspaper, dated three days before the nuclear explosion that turned the city into one of the world's most baleful ghost towns.

Micron Technology hires SanDisk co-founder to lead company

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 9:00am

Micron Technology says it has hired the co-founder of SanDisk to be the company's new chief executive officer and president.

2 workers injured at Facebook building construction site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:53am

Authorities say work has halted at a Facebook building under construction in California after an equipment failure caused part of the structure to collapse, injuring two workers.

Grain mostly lower, livestock higher

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:40am

Grain futures were mostly lower Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Why Trump tax cut may not deliver the boost White House says

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:34am

President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would lighten Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.

House panel seeks charges for company in Clinton email case

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:34am

A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton.

Senior Vietnamese Communist Party official faces punishment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:25am

A high-ranking Vietnamese Communist Party official faces punishment for wrongdoing when he was head of the country's oil and gas monopoly, PetroVietnam.

Ford 1Q profit down on recalls, lower sales, but tops Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:16am

Ford Motor Co.'s net income fell 35 percent to $1.6 billion in the first quarter as it was hit by costly recalls, lower sales and rising prices for steel and other materials.

European Central Bank says economy is 'increasingly solid'

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 8:16am

The European Central Bank kept its stimulus program and interest rates unchanged Thursday even though it conceded that the economy of the 19-country eurozone is becoming stronger.