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December 19, 2018 - 10:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales increased in November for the second straight month, but sales plummeted 7 percent from a year ago amid growing affordability pressures. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes rose 1.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined from left by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speak following their weekly strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation's sentencing laws. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 11, 2018 - 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send it...
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In this Nov. 28, 2018, photo, lawyer Shoichi Ibusuki, center, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, on the problems in Japan's technical intern program, with Eng Pisey, right, Cambodian technical trainee and Huang Shihu, left, Chinese technical trainee in Tokyo. Ibusuki, lawyer specializing in labor cases and supporting victimized foreign students and interns, called the internship program as a disguise to use trainees as mere cheap labor and should be scrapped and replaced with the new program underway. Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens. Lawmakers were due to vote Friday, Dec. 7, on a government proposal to allow hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 07, 2018 - 5:53 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens. Lawmakers were due to vote late Friday on a government proposal to allow hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work...
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December 04, 2018 - 7:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities announced a raft of conspiracy and tax fraud charges Tuesday against four men in the first U.S. prosecution related to the so-called Panama Papers. The 11-count indictment unsealed in Manhattan stems from what prosecutors described as an "intercontinental money...
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FILE- In this June 20, 2018, file photo, an "Under Contract" sign is displayed in front of home for sale in Raymond, N.H. On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for September is released. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
November 29, 2018 - 10:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people signed contracts in October to purchase homes, as higher mortgage rates have worsened the affordability and dampened enthusiasm among would-be buyers. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that its pending home sales index fell 2.6 percent last month to...
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FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo sold placards top sale signs outside homes on the market in Denver. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in October. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
November 21, 2018 - 10:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales rose in October, breaking a six-month losing streak. But sales are still down from a year ago, hurt by rising interest rates. The National Association of Realtors says that sales of existing homes climbed 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.22...
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U.S. and California state flags fly behind the border wall, seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from a caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road — and with many more months likely ahead of them while they seek asylum in the U.S. The federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
November 20, 2018 - 10:36 am
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 circumventing immigration law, saying anyone who crossed the southern border between official ports...
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November 19, 2018 - 7:39 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region's burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. Up to 28 million full...
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November 14, 2018 - 7:08 am
DETROIT (AP) — Businessman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has reached a $1 billion agreement to sell the Greektown Casino-Hotel in downtown Detroit, one of the city's three casinos, companies involved in the deal announced Wednesday. Gilbert's Detroit-based JACK Entertainment said it...
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November 03, 2018 - 10:28 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An Alabama-based law firm is acquiring a South Carolina-based firm. Burr & Forman of Birmingham said Thursday that it's acquiring McNair Law Firm of Columbia. The merger takes effect Jan. 1. With the 84 McNair attorneys, Burr & Forman says it will have 360 lawyers...
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