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Facebook says it removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous 6 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 10:01am

Facebook says it removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous 6 months.

House passes bill to help workers with retirement savings

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:47am

The House has approved a bill to promote retirement security by making it easier for small businesses and other companies to offer retirement plans.

US sanctions Argentina-based online pharmacy

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:46am

United States is designating the Argentina-based online pharmacy Goldpharma and eight Argentine citizens as significant foreign narcotics traffickers.

US close to banning swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:39am

Federal officials are in the final review stages of rules that would ban swimming with Hawaiian spinner dolphins, officials said.

Census: Big cities in US aren't growing like they used to

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:29am

Big cities in the U.S. aren't growing like they used to.

Brazil sues tobacco companies to recover public health costs

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:25am

Brazil's Attorney General's Office is suing multinational tobacco companies to recover costs by the public health care system in treating smoking-related illnesses.

Cuba tries to revive its once-great railway network

Christopher Gillette, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:14am

Cuba's railway system is undergoing a major overhaul, with the government pushing a program to revamp the decrepit and aging network with new cars and locomotives in the hope of restoring a rail service that was once the envy of Latin America.

Older Americans more likely to cite workplace discrimination

Andrew Soergel, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:04am

Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked.

US long-term mortgage rates slip; 30-year average at 4.06%

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:49am

U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a fourth straight week of declines to lure prospective purchasers in the spring homebuying season.

Vegas tourism board backs $49M Elon Musk transit system

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:43am

A company backed by tech billionaire Elon Musk has been granted a nearly $49 million contract to build a transit system using self-driving vehicles underneath the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Julian Castro joins McDonald's strikers in North Carolina

Amanda Morris, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:39am

Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections.

Stocks tumble on trade war anxiety; Dow falls 300 points

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:29am

Global stocks tumbled Thursday as investors' anxiety over the U.S. trade spat with China increased with the two sides showing no hurry to get back to the negotiating table.

US new-home sales fell 6.9% in April

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:09am

Sales of new U.S. homes sank 6.9% in April, driven by a decline in the sale of homes worth less than $300,000 that are generally bought by middle class and first-time buyers.

US new-home sales slumped 6.9% in April; sales of homes deemed affordable for middle class source of decline

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 8:03am

US new-home sales slumped 6.9% in April; sales of homes deemed affordable for middle class source of decline.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open sharply lower on trade fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:49am

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Mexico official says former Pemex chief was sanctioned

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:48am

A former executive at Mexico's state-owned oil company who was sanctioned this week by the comptroller's office has been identified as Pemex's former director Emilio Lozoya by the head of the country's financial intelligence unit.

Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:43am

An escalating trade war between the U.S. and China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products from toys to clothing. But some retailers will be less equipped to handle the pain than others, leaving consumers to carry the load.

Analysis: Iran supreme leader comments signal strategy shift

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:13am

For years, Iran's supreme leader only criticized the West over Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Now, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is publicly chastising the country's elected president and his foreign minister as the accord unravels amid heightened tensions with the U.S.

European Central Bank more concerned about growth rebound

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 5:35am

Officials at the European Central Bank at their last meeting had grown more concerned about chances for a return to stronger economic growth in the second half of the year as they underlined their readiness to deploy more stimulus if needed.