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Airlines dodge legislation aimed at curbing excessive fees

March 17, 2016 WASHINGTON — A Senate panel approved an aviation policy bill Wednesday after a partisan fight over whether airlines gouge consumers with fees for basic services like checked bags, seat assignments... more »»

US home construction jumps in February

March 17, 2016 WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes rose in February to the highest level in five months, but applications for new construction were weak for a third month. Housing starts rose 5. more »»

Auto safety chief's car recalled for air bags

March 17, 2016 DETROIT — The nation's top auto safety regulator says one of his family's cars is being recalled to fix a faulty Takata air bag, but parts aren't available to repair it. more »»

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

March 16, 2016 WASHINGTON — Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors... more »»

Google reveals 77 pct of its traffic is encrypted

March 16, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity. more »»

PlayStation VR to debut in October

March 16, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — Sony's version of virtual reality will cost a few hundred dollars less than competitors when it’s released in October. more »»

Pricey tea a growing niche crop in US, even Canada

March 14, 2016 BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — After Hurricane Katrina wiped out his timber 11 years ago, Jason McDonald wanted a crop less susceptible to Mississippi’s potentially powerful storms. more »»

China’s central banker says economy can hit growth target

March 14, 2016 BEIJING — In a new effort to dispel anxiety about China’s cooling economy, the central bank governor said Saturday the country can hit this year’s official growth target and Beijing has no need to... more »»

Oil price appears to have ‘bottomed out,’ energy agency says

March 12, 2016 PARIS — The organization that represents major oil-consuming nations said Friday that signs of a market that has “bottomed out” are emerging. U.S. crude prices jumped to a high for the year. more »»

Alba's Honest Co. lashes out over accusations

March 12, 2016 NEW YORK — Honest Co., co-founded by movie star Jessica Alba, is denying a news report that said its laundry detergent contains an ingredient that it promised its customers that it would never use. more »»

Ore. governor signs landmark anti-coal law

March 12, 2016 PORTLAND, Ore. — With the stroke of Gov. more »»

US rebuts Apple claim on password reset in iPhone case

March 11, 2016 WASHINGTON — A decision to reset the password on an iCloud account tied to one of the San Bernardino attackers did not effectively thwart the investigation into the shooting, FBI officials said in a... more »»

A wheezing, unloved bull market tries to keep running

March 11, 2016 NEW YORK — It’s been seven years since one of the stock market’s best-ever runs began, but the anniversary is passing without a party yet again. more »»

Chinese inflation accelerates to 2.3 pct

March 11, 2016 BEIJING — China's inflation accelerated to 2.3 percent in February, driven by a jump in food prices, but stayed below the government's official target for the year. more »»

Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

March 10, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO — Tax-filing season is turning into a nightmare for thousands of employees whose companies have been duped by email fraudsters. more »»

Volkswagen's top US executive out

March 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — Volkswagen's top U.S. executive is stepping down amid the company's ongoing emissions cheating scandal, the company announced Wednesday. U.S. more »»

Bill would standardize airline fees disclosure

March 10, 2016 WASHINGTON — The government would standardize the way airlines disclose fees for basic services like checked bags and ticket changes so that passengers can more easily comparison-shop the full cost... more »»

Pre-paid card users, under scrutiny, find tax refunds frozen

March 9, 2016 PHOENIX — Thousands of people have had their prepaid debit cards frozen when they try to direct their tax refund to their accounts, a result of financial industry efforts to combat an escalation in... more »»

Study: Renters’ rise extends beyond big US cities to suburbs

March 9, 2016 NEW YORK — In the American imagination, suburbs are places to buy a house and put down roots. But a growing percentage of suburbanites rent, according to a new study. more »»



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