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February 15, 2018

US stocks keep gaining as tech, industrial companies rise

McDonald’s moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

Of Mutual Interest: The reaction after the market’s plunge

Kept out: How banks block people of color from homeownership

For builders, demand and economy up; so are interest rates


February 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses.

Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the…

Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

February 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — There were few warning signs before the stock market’s plunge in early February, but so far, the slump hasn’t changed investors’ thinking very much.

Stocks did well throughout 2017 and the gains sped up in December and January. Investors were convinced that stocks would keep going…

Of Mutual Interest Q A Stringfellow

February 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday ordered the Trump administration to implement energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products that were adopted during the last days of the Obama presidency.

The U.S. Department of Energy was required to put the…

Energy Standards Lawsuit

February 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.

Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid’s meal,…

McDonalds Happy Meal Changes

February 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading stocks higher Thursday, putting the market on track for its fifth gain in a row. Apple and Cisco were among the big winners in tech, while industrial companies including Boeing also rose. Energy companies continued to struggle. The gains helped erase…

Financial Markets Wall Street

February 15, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it has reached a $1.2 million settlement with Amazon over the sale of illegal pesticides.

It’s one of the largest penalties assessed under federal pesticides laws.

Federal authorities say the agreement settles allegations that the internet…

February 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The outlook from U.S. builders is being buoyed by a strong job market and a sizzling hot economy.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Thursday read 72 for the second consecutive month. That’s still just 2 points shy of December’s…

Builder Sentiment

February 15, 2018

A short stint as a car salesman taught me that dealers are pros who negotiate all day for a living — and they always have the home field advantage.

Later, while buying dozens of test vehicles for an automotive website, I was on the other side of negotiations, and experienced the tricks dealers use…

NerdWallet-Negotiating Secrets

February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory output was unchanged in January for the second straight month after three months of healthy gains.

The Federal Reserve said Thursday that production fell in wood products, aircraft and a category including concrete and glass. Yet factories also cranked out more cars…

Industrial Production
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