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Economy Is Steaming Along in U.S.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday when the Bureau of Economic Analysis said …

Secrets Routinely Sent by Email

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton’s use of a home server makes her case unique and has become an issue in her front-running campaign for the …

CEOs Make 200 Times More Than Workers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule that will require companies, starting in 2017, to disclose a simple calculation: At what multiple is the chief executives’ compensation vs. the median-compensated worker. It’s a concept many in Corporate America have loved to hate ever since it was first included in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law back in 2010. For one, …

The Basics: 2016 Honda Accord EX-L V-6

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6 Horsepower: 278 Torque: 252 pound feet Wheelbase: 109.3 inches Length: 192.5 inches Cargo volume: 15.5 cubic feet Curb weight: 3,543 pounds EPA rating (city/highway): 21/34 Fuel type: Regular unleaded NHSTA safety rating: Not rated Price: $30,645 …

On the Move With Bellhops

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pittsburgh — When Derek Bayer was getting ready to move, the moving company he hired gave him a quote that included two trucks, which was going to end up costing a lot more than he wanted to pay. …

Self-Driving Vehicles to Debut on College Campuses

Sunday, August 23, 2015

This fall, students at Santa Clara University will have a new way to get around campus — a self-driving shuttle. The university has invited Auro Robotics to its palm tree-lined campus to test a prototype. The vehicle will …

Disease Causes Florida Orange Crop to Shrink

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Florida’s orange growers keep getting squeezed. After the state’s crop fell to the lowest in almost five decades, production will probably will drop further in the season starting Oct. 1 as a citrus-greening disease continues to wreak havoc for the U.S.’s biggest producer. Shrinking plantings come at a …

Money Talk: Despite Rudeness, Pay Doctor’s Bill

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Question: My primary care physician referred me to a gynecologist for a medical issue. I called the office three times and asked that the appointment be made as an annual exam. During the appointment, the doctor was rude and critical of my body and lifestyle. (I am obese.) …

How to Save Yourself When Market Turns Cruel

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The stock market has turned cruel, probably leaving you with losses in your 401(k), IRA and college savings. What should you do? If you want to know how far this downturn will go, be skeptical of any answer you receive. When a downturn is in motion, top analysts …

Drug Industry Links Run Deep In the Field of Sexual Medicine

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Washington — How do you measure sexual desire? If you’re a drugmaker trying to win approval for a medication to boost female libido, it might come down to two questions on a medical questionnaire. Those questions made the …

U.S. Factories Still Haven’t Recovered

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Washington — It took less than a year for America’s factory output to rebound from the 1991 recession. It took three and a half years to bounce back from the 2001 recession. Now, six years clear of the Great Recession, manufacturing output still hasn’t returned to the pre-crisis …

Average Used-Car Price Up 7.6% to Record High of $18,800

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Used cars are following the pricey road paved by new cars. Used-car prices hit a record high in the second quarter of 2015, climbing 7.6 percent year-over-year to an average of $18,800, according to a new study by car shopping site Edmunds.com. The price growth mirrors the average …

The Cautious Trump

Sunday, August 23, 2015

New York — Donald Trump sells himself as a bold empire builder, the kind of businessman who could force through big changes in Washington as president. Yet for all his bravado — “I’ve done an amazing job,” the …