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Rosemary Cabelo uses a computer at a public library to access the Affordable Health Care Act website in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Overhaul website problems may trigger price hikes

Problems with the government’s main health care overhaul website carry a bigger risk than frequent crashes: Higher prices could follow for many Americans if technical troubles scare off young people. The government has touted recent […]

12/19/2013

Jobs

Survey: US companies add 215K jobs, most in year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year, powered by big gains in manufacturing and construction. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies and small […]

12/04/2013

A sale pending sign is attached to a property for sale. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

US home sales hit 5.39M in July, highest since ’09

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surged in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million, approaching a healthy level for the first time since November 2009. The spike in […]

08/21/2013

Barbie dolls are seen at the Barbie Store in Buenos Aires. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, file)

Barbie fights for her life

NEW YORK (AP) — As far as catfights go, this is a doozy. Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life. But Barbie’s competitors […]

07/18/2013

Puppies in a pet store

Employers offer pet insurance as employee perk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Melissa Yoakam jokingly calls her dog Shadow her “car payment” because she pays $250 a month for the 12-year-old’s cancer treatments. She’d pay far less if she had pet insurance, but […]

07/10/2013

Consumer confidence

US consumer confidence rises in May to 5-year high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ confidence in the economy jumped in May to a five-year high, lifted by a better outlook for hiring, rising home prices and more optimism about business conditions. The increase suggests consumers […]

05/28/2013

Jobs

US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a five-year low. Layoffs have returned to pre-recession levels, a trend that could […]

05/09/2013

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After near-stall in late 2012, US economy picks up

WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly stalling in late 2012, the American economy quickened its pace early this year despite deep government cutbacks. The strongest consumer spending in two years fueled a 2.5 percent annual growth rate in the January-March quarter.

04/26/2013

New-homes sales rise 1.5 percent in March to 417K

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes rose in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 417,000. The increase added to evidence of a sustained housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season.

04/23/2013

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US consumer spending, income jump in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers stepped up spending in February after their income jumped, aided by a stronger job market that offset some of the drag from higher taxes.

03/29/2013

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