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September 23, 2016

WASHINGTON — Americans retreated from home-buying in August, as a worsening inventory shortage appears to be hurting sales and pushing prices higher.

Housing has been a bright spot amid weak economic growth for much of this year. Sales totals continue to recover from the Great Recession.…


Pipeline to reopen soon, carrying gasoline to five states

September 21, 2016

ATLANTA — Gasoline should begin flowing again Wednesday — through a temporary bypass on a critical pipeline — after a major leak in Alabama forced a shutdown that led to surging fuel prices and scattered gas shortages across the South, a company official said Tuesday.

The roughly…


With economic outlook hazy, Fed likely to leave rates alone

September 20, 2016

WASHINGTON — Again and again in recent months, the Federal Reserve has signaled that it’s edging closer to resuming the interest-rate hikes it began in December.

It just doesn’t seem to be there quite yet.

When the Fed ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, it’s expected…


Small businesses wait for verdict on 2017 health care costs

September 19, 2016

NEW YORK — Autumn is an anxious time for many small- and medium-sized business owners as they wait to learn whether their health insurance costs will go up for 2017 — and if so, by how much?

"There's always a lump in your throat because you don't know what you're going to get," said…