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US new-home sales climbed 7.9% in January

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:03am

U.S. sales of new homes jumped 7.9% in January to the fastest pace in more than 12 years, a positive sign for economic growth.

US new-home sales rose 7.9% in January, as buyer demand pushed prices up 14% from a year ago

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:02am

US new-home sales rose 7.9% in January, as buyer demand pushed prices up 14% from a year ago.

Stocks open higher on Wall Street following 2 steep drops

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:40am

Stocks rose solidly in early trading Wednesday as investors regained an appetite for risk after two days of heavy losses.

'No way out': Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated along the banks of the Deschutes River in Oregon's high-desert country.

Utility to pay $53M for gas explosions that damaged homes

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

A utility company blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes will plead guilty tobreaking federal pipeline safety laws and pay a $53 million fine, federal officials said Wednesday.

Officials: Utility blamed for gas explosions near Boston agrees to plead guilty to breaking pipeline safety laws

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:16am

Officials: Utility blamed for gas explosions near Boston agrees to plead guilty to breaking pipeline safety laws.

Moody's downgrades auto sales forecast on virus fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:10am

Ratings agency Moody's is lowering its forecast for global auto sales because of the new coronavirus outbreak.

German court: assisted suicide restriction unconstitutional

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:54am

Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that a 2015 law banning assisted suicide when being conducted on a "business basis" is unconstitutional.

Refinery fire in metro LA controlled by firefighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:53am

A fire at a large refinery in metro Los Angeles was under control early Wednesday and no injuries had been reported, authorities said.

AM Prep-Segue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:19am

He remains in custody — but not quite in prison. Harvey Weinstein is now in his second full day of lockup after he his rape conviction on Monday. Technically, he is in a prison facility at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, being treated for high blood pressure and heart palpitations. His lawyer says it’s like a regular hospital room, but a former corrections official says it’s a jail, all right. Once Weinstein’s symptoms are under control, he gets shipped to Rikers Island — the city’s largest and most notorious jail. He will remain there until he is sentenced next month — they he will be shipped off to prison to serve a term that could be as much as 29 years.

Virus outbreak stalks markets as 2020 gains get wiped out

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:13am

Global shares fell sharply once again Wednesday as fears over the speed of the new coronavirus around the world accentuated.

Panasonic scraps solar panels partnership with Tesla

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 12:03am

Panasonic is pulling out of its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state, the Japanese electronics maker said Wednesday.

California wildfire victims fear they'll be last in payout

Michael Liedtke and Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 11:05pm

A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation.

Sanders faces brunt of the attacks at South Carolina debate

Steve Peoples, Meg Kinnard and Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 10:19pm

Democrats unleashed a roaring assault against Bernie Sanders and seized on Mike Bloomberg’s past with women in the workplace during a contentious debate that tested the strength of the two men at the center of the party’s presidential nomination fight.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems implore fact checkers to back them up

Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 7:07pm

They flailed their arms, talked over each other and at one point called for backup, asking fact checkers to come to their rescue.

Generic drugmakers sold most opioids during overdose crisis

Geoff Mulvihill and Larry Fenn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 6:23pm

so many that Mallinckrodt couldn't always produce enough to fill them all.

Dire warning in ship salvage lawsuit not repeated in court

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 4:59pm

Officials for a salvage company suing to halt demolition of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast appeared to back away Tuesday from claims that sawing the vessel into enormous chunks would cause an “environmental catastrophe.”

PG&E CEO blames past management for problems, promises fixes

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 4:43pm

PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson blamed negligence by the company's past management for a cascade of catastrophes that killed nearly 140 people as he tried to persuade California regulators Tuesday that he is steering the utility to make safety its top priority.

Virgin Galactic reports high interest in its space flights

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 25th - 4:01pm

Virgin Galactic has received nearly 8,000 online reservations of interest since its first successful test flight into space 14 months ago, the company said Tuesday as it nears commercial operation and prepares to reopen ticket sales.