By JOE McDONALDAP Business Writer
BEIJING (AP) - China's manufacturing contracted again in September but improved from the previous month in a possible sign an economic slowdown is bottoming out.
An industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, said Monday its monthly
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Anyone puzzled by the most recent U.S. economic data has reason for feeling so: The numbers sketch a sometimes contradictory picture of the economy.
We've learned that:
Consumers are more confident but aren't spending much.
By CHARLES BABINGTON and THOMAS BEAUMONTAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are growing more optimistic about the economy and President Barack Obama's leadership, creating a significant obstacle for Republican rival Mitt Romney five weeks to Election Day.
Even with unemployment
By SHARON COHENAP National Writer
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - In this crucial battleground in campaign 2012, William Healy and Joe Halter stand on opposing sides of the great divide: How to jump-start the economy?
Healy, the Democratic mayor of Canton, recalls how, in the grim early days of 2010, when
By KRISTIN M. HALLAssociated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee issued a statewide Amber Alert on Friday for two children missing since their home was destroyed by an intense fire.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sent out the alert late Friday evening after
By The Associated Press
A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:
The stakes now are similar to what caused the U.S. to invade almost 11 years ago: the threat of more al-Qaida attacks.
President Barack Obama says U.S.
By ALAN FRAMAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - In one Democratic ad, a grunting, helmet-wearing actor portraying GOP Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey, a former football lineman, physically blocks seniors from their Medicare benefits.
Another TV ad accuses Massachusetts House GOP hopeful Richard
By MARCY GORDONAP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bank of America says it has agreed to pay $2.43 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit related to its acquisition of Merrill Lynch at the height of the financial crisis.
In the lawsuit, shareholders alleged that Bank of America and some of
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans boosted their spending in August even though their income barely grew. Much of the spending increase went to pay higher gas prices, which may have forced consumers to cut back elsewhere.
The Commerce Department said Friday that
By ELAINE KURTENBACHAP Business Writer
TOKYO (AP) - Japan's manufacturing contracted further in August, dropping 1.3 percent from the previous month on weakening auto and electronics output, as anti-Japanese riots in China darkened an already bleak outlook for both economies.