Recessions and depressions

President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde listens during a press conference after a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
January 16, 2020 - 9:04 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials at the European Central Bank say economic growth remains weak though they see a few upbeat signs after the U.S. and China moved toward lowering trade tensions. Recent data point to “a stabilization in euro area growth,” according to an account of the Dec. 12...
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FIE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo a ramp worker guides a Delta Air Lines plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Delta Air Lines says it earned $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter by operating more flights and filling a higher percentage of seats. The financial results beat Wall Street expectations. Delta and other U.S. airlines are enjoying a prolonged period of profitability thanks to steadily rising demand for travel. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 14, 2020 - 10:43 am
Delta Air Lines boosted its fourth-quarter profit to $1.1 billion by adding more flights over the holiday-packed period and stuffing them even more full of passengers. Lower fuel prices helped too, as Delta reported Tuesday that earnings rose 8% over a year earlier and beat analysts' expectations...
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A Chinese investor reads a newspaper as she monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Asian shares rose Friday as worries receded the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war, and U.S. indexes hit records. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 10, 2020 - 7:54 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets mostly rose Friday as worries receded that the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war. Traders were instead looking ahead to U.S. jobs figures for clues on the health of the world's biggest economy. France's CAC 40 edged up almost 0.1%...
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Specialist David Haubner works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Stocks are opening broadly higher on Wall Street as traders welcome news that China's top trade official will head to Washington next week to sign a preliminary trade deal with the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
January 09, 2020 - 10:53 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Friday as worries receded the United States and Iran might be stepping closer to the edge of war, and U.S. indexes hit records. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.2% in morning trading to 23,776.09. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.7% to 6,923.50. South Korea's...
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January 09, 2020 - 1:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official believes that the U.S. central bank needs to re-orient its thinking and policies toward fighting inflation that is too low, rather than its historic focus on keeping inflation from getting too high. John Williams, president of the New York Federal...
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Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,pool)
January 09, 2020 - 7:08 am
LONDON (AP) — U.K. interest rates could be cut as soon as this month to shore up an economy that's barely growing even as some Brexit uncertainty has dissipated, the Bank of England's outgoing chief hinted Thursday. Mark Carney said in a speech that there is a “debate” within the bank's rate-...
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January 08, 2020 - 4:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders dropped 1.3% in November compared with the previous month, pushed down by a drop in foreign demand and low bulk orders. The drop in orders, an important indicator for Europe's biggest economy, followed a modest gain of 0.2% in October. The Economy Ministry said...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell arrives to speak at a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, the Federal Reserve releases minutes from its December meeting when it kept its key interest rate unchanged. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
January 03, 2020 - 2:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee saw much less risk of recession at its meeting last month, when it kept interest rates steady after three straight cuts and signaled that it expected to keep low rates unchanged through this year. Minutes of the December meeting,...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo people work on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 assembly line during a brief media tour in Boeing's 737 assembly facility in Renton, Wash. On Friday, Jan 3, 2020, the Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reports on activity by U.S. manufacturers in December. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 03, 2020 - 10:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing activity fell to the lowest level in more than a decade, as the sector was hurt by weakening demand and last year's global economic slowdown. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Friday that its manufacturing index...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 31, 2019 - 8:43 pm
A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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