Recessions and depressions

Conservative party leadership candidate Boris Johnson delivers his speech during a Conservative leadership hustings at ExCel Centre in London, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The two contenders, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are competing for votes from party members, with the winner replacing Prime Minister Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister of Britain's ruling Conservative Party. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
July 18, 2019 - 10:28 am
LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Thursday put a substantial roadblock in the path of any attempt by a Brexit-backing prime minister to take the country out of the European Union without a divorce deal. The move came as the U.K.'s official economic watchdog said a no-deal Brexit would trigger a...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 27, 2017 file photo, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic and the Virgin Group, smiles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Branson has warned that a no-deal Brexit will force the company to invest less in Britain because of pressures on the pound. Branson has told the BBC on Thursday, July 11, 2019 that if the U.K. leaves the European Union without a deal, it will force his company to shift investment because its costs are in dollars. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
July 11, 2019 - 10:34 am
LONDON (AP) — Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has warned that the pound's value would fall to that of the dollar if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal — a stark prediction that will fuel worries about the economic pressures facing the country. Traders see the possibility of a 'no...
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In this photo taken April 3, 2019, a pair of students walk past a historic mural that includes slaves and a dead Native American at George Washington High School in San Francisco. The San Fransisco school board unanimously voted Tuesday, June 25, 2019, to destroy a controversial mural displayed in a public high school. This is the latest move in recent times to remove New Deal-era art, now considered offensive. (Yalonda M. James/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 5:23 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England speaks during an Inflation Report Press Conference at the Bank of England in the City of London. The Bank of England is open to the idea of letting new payment services such as Facebook's upcoming Libra hold funds with the central bank, Carney said Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)
July 03, 2019 - 7:14 am
LONDON (AP) — The British economy appears to be showing signs of falling into recession as uncertainty over Brexit combines with a less benign global backdrop. A closely watched survey of business activity in the U.K. showed Wednesday that the economy contracted in June at its steepest rate since...
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FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, a woman looks at display boards at the Australian Stock Exchange in Sydney, Australia. Australia's central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a new record low of 1% in a bid to boost the economy. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
July 02, 2019 - 1:01 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Tuesday to a new record low of 1% in a bid to boost the economy. The cut is the second in consecutive months. Previously the Reserve Bank of Australia had not shifted the rate...
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July 01, 2019 - 6:46 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The unemployment rate in the 19 European Union countries that use the euro fell to its lowest in more than a decade in May as domestic demand and low interest rates help keep the recovery going. Official figures Monday showed the jobless rate declined to 7.5 percent from 7...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2019, photo trader Peter Tuchman, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, June 28. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
June 28, 2019 - 11:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in midday trading on Wall Street Friday as investors closed a wobbly week ahead of key trade talks between the U.S. and China. Every major index was headed for a weekly loss, but still solidly on track to close the month and quarter with gains. The latest...
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June 27, 2019 - 4:32 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve has approved all the capital plans that the nation's 18 largest banks submitted as part of this year's stress tests. That means that the Fed determined banks like JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America can raise their dividends and buy back more shares...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo Mark Carney the Governor of the Bank of England speaks during an Inflation Report Press Conference at the Bank of England in the City of London. The Bank of England is open to the idea of letting new payment services such as Facebook's upcoming Libra hold funds with the central bank, Carney said Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool, File)
June 26, 2019 - 9:47 am
LONDON (AP) — The governor of the Bank of England gave his biggest hint yet that he'd back a stimulus package for the British economy if the country crashes out of the European Union at the end of October with no deal. In testimony to lawmakers on Wednesday, Mark Carney said the response from the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, Campaign Chair Larry Silbermann announces a goal of $8,133,333 at the United Way of the Coastal Empire 2018 Campaign Kick-Off at the Civic Center in Savannah, Ga. Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns released on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 11:37 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy. That's according to Giving USA, the most comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns. The new report,...
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