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March 30, 2017 - 33 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — More people signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses.

The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its pending home sales index climbed 5.5 percent in February to 112.3, its…


Consumer confidence hits 16-year high

March 29, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence climbed to its highest level in more than 16 years, a strong gain for one of President Donald Trump’s preferred economic indicators.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 125.6 in March from 116.1 in February,…


'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.76B

March 28, 2017

RALEIGH — Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.

Over…


Entrepreneur aims to put spark back in marriages

March 27, 2017

A local woman believes she has a way for people to put together the perfect date or provide the right gift to a significant other.

Lenette Britt calls her “Secret Rendezvous,” a unique invitation for someone to plan an intimate dinner for two or an extravagant getaway for that…