By DERRIK J. LANGAP Entertainment Writer
There's never been a video game heroine quite like Aveline de Grandpre.
The daughter of an African slave and a French shipping magnate in New Orleans at the end of French and Indian War, Aveline is the deadly but charming protagonist of "Assassin
By PAN PYLASAP Business Writer
LONDON (AP) - A run of impressive U.S. economic news combined with encouraging signals out of China to drive markets higher on Thursday, a day ahead of key jobs data that could have a bearing on the race to the White House.
Jobs data from the private payrolls firm
By SANDY SHOREAP Business Writer
The price of oil is rising as operations at refineries and supply terminals in the Northeast remain restricted three days after Superstorm Sandy.
Benchmark oil gained 85 cents Thursday to finish at $87.09 per barrel in New York.
Power outages are hampering
By DENISE LAVOIEAP Legal Affairs Writer
BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison in a plot to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
Rezwan Ferdaus, 27, of Ashland, pleaded guilty in July to attempting
By MATTHEW CRAFTAP Business Writer
Widespread power outages and subway shutdowns may wind up making Superstorm Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, according to the forecasting firm Eqecat. That would rank it right behind Hurricane Katrina.
Eqecat said Thursday that the damage
By MARCY GORDONAP Business Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The average U.S. rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage slipped this week and stayed near its record low, a trend that's helped boost home sales and refinancing.
Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan declined
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIOAP Retail Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Americans spent briskly in October before Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast on the tail-end of the month. But the question is whether they're still willing to buy an iPhone for Christmas if they plunked down hundreds on a generator
By BARBARA ORTUTAYAP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Two tech startups - one that pairs travelers with hosts and another that pairs drivers with people who need rides - have found diverging ways to deal with demand for their services in aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Airbnb, the online home
By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. manufacturing expanded for the second straight month in October, boosted by growth in new orders and production.
The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up
By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. builders spent more on home construction in September, a gain that helped offset weakness in nonresidential building and government projects.
Construction spending grew 0.6 percent compared to August when spending had fallen 0.1