WASHINGTON (AP) - Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages rose sharply last week, making home-buying slightly less affordable.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year loan jumped to 4.46 percent from 4.29 percent last week. The average on the 15-year fixed loan increased to 3
By JOSH BOAK
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. factories received fewer orders in October, as aircraft demand fell and businesses cut back on computers. The decline suggests companies were hesitant to invest during the 16-day partial government shutdown.
The Commerce Department says factory orders dropped 0.9
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are mostly lower on Wall Street in early trading as retailers report poor results.
Aeropostale, Francesca's Holdings and The Wet Seal fell early Thursday after reporting lower income or issuing earnings forecasts that disappointed investors. Costco fell after reporting
CINCINNATI (AP) - Kroger's net income fell nearly 6 percent during the third quarter, partly on the costs from the pending acquisition of Harris Teeter.
Kroger and other supermarkets are trying to adapt to a shifting industry as shoppers increasingly buy groceries at big-box retailers,
By PAN PYLASAssociated Press
LONDON (AP) - Global stocks were lackluster Thursday as another round of strong U.S. economic data reinforced expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin to reduce its monetary stimulus this month.
Expectations that the Fed will decide to begin "tapering" its
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is stepping up efforts to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans, arguing that more than a million people will lose the assistance if it isn't renewed by the end of the month, slowing economic growth.
By JOSH BOAKAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled 23,000 last week to 298,000, nearly a six-year low that shows companies are laying off fewer workers.
The Labor Department said the less volatile four-week moving average declined 10
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate from July through September, the fastest since early 2012. But nearly half the growth came from a buildup in business stockpiles, a trend that could reverse in the current quarter and hold
NEW YORK (AP) - Stock futures wavered Thursday after the U.S. reported data on jobs and economic growth that were much better than most economists had been projecting.
Weighing on markets, however, were telltale signs that illustrated just how hesitant Americans have become in spending money.
MADRID (AP) - Ratings agency Moody's has cited improvements in Spain's public finances and a reduction in private-sector debt.
The agency announced Thursday it has changed the rating on government bonds to stable from negative, though the rating remains at Baa3 indicating a moderate credit
KHQ.COM - On Wednesday afternoon a Washington State Patrol trooper crashed while driving to stop a wrong-way driver on Hwy. 195 just 3 miles south of Spokane. Fortunately no one was injured.
The northbound lane was partially blocking for a short time, but it was opened shortly after.
By GENE JOHNSONAssociated Press
SEATTLE (AP) - The nation's largest freight rail carriers announced Wednesday they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.
Gus Melonas, a
On December 2, 2013 the Stevens County Sheriff's Office was asked to conduct a welfare check on a woman from the Tacoma area who never returned home from the Loon Lake area.
Deputies say 51-year-old Susan Yager was staying at a cabin on the lake during the holiday weekend, and when she