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FILE - In this June 13, 2019, file photo stacks of building materials are stacked up near new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. On Friday, Aug. 23, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
August 23, 2019 - 10:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell a steep 12.8% in July as higher prices and limited inventory sidelined would-be buyers. The Commerce Department said Friday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units. That's down from a sharply revised upward rate of 728...
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President Donald Trump holds up a presidential memorandum that he signed that discharges the federal student loan debt of totally and permanently disabled veterans following his speech at the American Veterans (AMVETS) 75th National Convention in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
August 21, 2019 - 6:15 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hundreds of millions of dollars in federal student loan debt owed by tens of thousands of disabled military veterans will be erased under a directive President Donald Trump signed Wednesday. Trump ordered the Education Department to "eliminate every penny of federal student...
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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo for sale signs beckon buyers to homes along Park Avenue in Richmond, Va. On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in July. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 21, 2019 - 10:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales increased 2.5% in July, a sign that lower mortgage rates have produced a spurt of home-buying. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.42 million units, up from 5.29 million in June...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, Samantha Estes prepares garments to be photographed at the ThredUp sorting facility in Phoenix. J.C. Penney and Macy’s are in the midst of rolling out a few dozen ThredUp branded shops each in time for the back-to-school shopping season. The partnerships follow a similar deal with department store retailer Stage Stores. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
August 20, 2019 - 4:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Out with the new and in with the old. As department stores watch their customers flock to second-hand stores, some are trying to bring them back by partnering with online resale sites. Last week, J.C. Penney and Macy's announced a pilot program to set aside sections inside a few...
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FILE- In this July 10, 2018, file photo bottles of medicine ride on a belt at a mail-in pharmacy warehouse in Florence, N.J. Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 19, 2019 - 4:41 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint, according to the...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 16, 2019 - 6:31 am
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's campaign rally in New Hampshire (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says that in the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this month that he wants to focus on mental illness to prevent mass gun violence, not gun...
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Virgin Galactic ground crew guide the company's carrier plane into the hangar at Spaceport America following a test flight over the desert near Upham, New Mexico, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The carrier plane is now permanently based at the spaceport after arriving earlier this week. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
August 15, 2019 - 8:13 pm
UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, Vincent Seeborn, 2, reaches out from a structure on the playground at the Wallingford Child Care Center in Seattle. Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
August 13, 2019 - 12:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. The report ,...
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Australian Penny Tilley, center, reacts next to stranded travelers at the closed check-in counters at the Hong Kong International Airport, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. One of the world's busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters crowded into the main terminal Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 12, 2019 - 2:41 pm
Mass flight cancellations at Hong Kong's airport disrupted one of the world's busiest air-transport hubs on Monday, causing chaos for tourists and business travelers and playing havoc with global airlines' flight schedules— a fresh escalation of the city's protest movement that threatens the Asian...
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FILE - This July 8, 2019 file photo shows signs urging Alaska lawmakers to fund a full oil wealth fund check, known locally as the PFD, in Wasilla, Alaska. For decades, Alaska has had an uneasy reliance on oil, building budgets around its volatile boom-or-bust nature. When times were rough, prices always seemed to rebound, forestalling a day of reckoning some believe may finally have come. The situation has politicians weighing changes to the annual dividend paid to residents from earnings of the state's oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
August 09, 2019 - 2:11 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself "Alaska's Playground." But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their...
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