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May 04, 2016

DETROIT — America’s love of trucks and SUVs helped push the auto industry to its best April ever, with most automakers reporting healthy increases.

U.S. consumers bought just over 1.5 million vehicles in April, nudging out the old record set in April of 2005, according to...


Construction spending rises slightly, led by home building

May 03, 2016

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending advanced in March to its highest level in more than eight years. Gains in home building and nonresidential construction offset a drop in government projects.

Construction spending rose 0.3 percent in March after a 1 percent gain in February,...


Anti-LGBT law hits N.C. firms

May 02, 2016

Small companies in North Carolina already are losing valuable business because of the new state law limiting protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Companies that cater to travelers from out of state already are feeling an impact from canceled events or...


Stocks hit by health care woes but avoid bigger losses

April 30, 2016

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks fell Friday as health care and technology companies continued to report weak first-quarter results, but thanks to some late buying, they managed to avoid major losses.

Stocks opened lower and fell further throughout the morning, extending a downturn from the...