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FILE- In this April 23, 2018, file photo advertising signs point out completed new homes, homes under construction as well as lots for new homes in Glen Allen, Va. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the Commerce Department reports on sales of new homes in October. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
November 28, 2018 - 10:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 8.9 percent in October, as the number of newly built, unsold homes sitting on the market climbed to its highest level since 2009. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 last month...
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue looks over some of damage during a tour of fire ravaged Paradise, Calif. Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, toured the town destroyed by a wildfire that took the lives of more than 80 people and discussed the need for more aggressive forest management policies to mitigate damage from future wildfires. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
November 27, 2018 - 2:12 am
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Costs associated with a deadly Northern California wildfire will likely be in the billions, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday as he returned to the town of Paradise, saying he has never witnessed such devastation. "There's a lot of things I'd rather spend this...
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In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 photo, Jim Taft watches The History Channel from the confines of his bed at his home in West Columbia, S.C. Taft has experienced debilitating health issues after a neurosurgeon implanted Boston Scientific's Precision spinal cord stimulator in his back in 2014. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)
November 26, 2018 - 2:03 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn't fix the nerve damage in his mangled right arm, Taft and his wife recalled the doctor saying, but a...
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November 24, 2018 - 9:09 pm
CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Troubled utility SCANA has reached a $2 billion settlement with the South Carolina customers who sued after they were charged high rates to pay for the company's failed nuclear construction project. SCANA announced the agreement in a news release Saturday. As part of the...
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People wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
November 24, 2018 - 6:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been easy to turn on their computers at home over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands of shoppers flocked to stores on Thanksgiving or woke up before dawn the next day...
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FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo, cozy sleep items are on display near a holiday section at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
November 23, 2018 - 4:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples. Those are just some of the trends expected this holiday season, when shoppers are projected to spend as much as $720 billion, according to the National...
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In this Nov. 9, 2018, photo, Walmart associate Shanay Bishop, left, checks out customer Carolyn Sarpy on the sales floor as part of the "Check Out With Me" program at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart, Target and other large retailers are sending workers throughout their stores to check customers out with mobile devices. And at Macy’s, shoppers can scan and pay for items on their own smartphones. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 22, 2018 - 8:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they'll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. Walmart, Target and other...
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FILE- In this Oct 2, 2018, file photo a for sale sign stands outside a home on the market in the north Denver suburb of Thornton, Colo. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 21, 2018 - 12:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates recorded the biggest drop in nearly four years this week, but remain much higher than they were a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Wednesday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.81 percent this week,...
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FILE- In this July 23, 2018, file photo a construction worker puts down roofing paper on a new home as he works outside in Houston. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in October. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 20, 2018 - 9:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home construction improved a slight 1.5 percent in October, but in a troubling sign, ground breakings for single-family houses fell. The Commerce Department said Tuesday housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million, up from 1.21 million in...
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In a photo taken Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Target employee Lindsay Walker scans an item as she collects merchandise from shelves to prep them for an online order at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Target Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 20, 2018 - 8:23 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they're bruising the bottom line right now. Company shares tumbled 10 percent before the opening bell Tuesday after Target missed profit expectations for the third quarter, the last look at the...
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