Democrats block Senate vote on Obama tax plan
2012-07-11 19:55:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats blocked a Senate vote Wednesday on President Barack Obama's plan to extend expiring tax cuts for a year for everyone but the highest-earning Americans as the two parties maneuvered to try embarrassing each other on one ...
Wis. Supreme Court to rule in factory farm case
2012-07-11 07:19:58 UTC
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Wednesday in a case in which a small town with three times as many cows as people is seeking greater authority to protect its water supply.
Communities throughout the rural Midwe...
Senate Democrats pushing tax cuts for business
2012-07-10 20:18:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders of both parties belittled each other's tax cutting agenda Tuesday as the chamber debated Democratic legislation that would lower levies for companies that hire new workers, give raises or buy major new equipment th...
Stocks slide ahead of corporate earnings season
2012-07-10 00:08:16 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Edgy investors sent stocks lower Monday on Wall Street ahead of U.S. corporate earnings reports and amid more signs of instability in Europe.
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 36.18 points at 12,736.29. It was the Dow...
Boeing lands $7.2B firm order with Air Lease
2012-07-09 12:07:40 UTC
Boeing says it has landed a firm order with Air Lease for 75 of its redesigned 737, worth $7.2 billion at list prices.
Aircraft purchasers rarely pay full price, but the order represents a huge win for Boeing at the opening of the Farnborough I...
WellPoint buying Amerigroup for about $4.46B
2012-07-09 11:59:47 UTC
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health insurer WellPoint Inc. is buying managed care provider Amerigroup Corp. for about $4.46 billion in cash, saying the deal will help it better serve Medicaid participants.
Amerigroup manages publicly-funded health progr...
Obama to push extension of middle-class tax cuts
2012-07-09 10:41:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate away from the dismal jobs market and toward the issue of tax fairness.
Obama, in an add...
Obama accuses Romney of caving on taxes
2012-07-06 15:42:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is accusing Republican Mitt Romney of caving under pressure from Rush Limbaugh for saying that requiring all Americans to buy health insurance amounts to a tax.
Obama says in an interview with NBC affili...
US economy adds 80,000 jobs in another weak month
2012-07-07 11:23:01 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American job machine has jammed. Again.
The economy added only 80,000 jobs in June, the government said Friday, erasing any doubt that the United States is in a summer slump for the third year in a row.
"Let's just agre...
AP survey: Next president faces high unemployment
2012-07-04 17:35:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of economists in the latest Associated Press Economy Survey expect the national unemployment rate to stay above 6 percent — the upper bounds of what's considered healthy — for at least four more years.
If the econom...
Carmakers report strong June sales, easing worries
2012-07-03 18:59:46 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines.
Automakers reported big gains over June of last year. C...
Airbus to build 1st US assembly plant in Alabama
2012-07-02 22:46:09 UTC
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — European aerospace giant Airbus will start building planes in Mobile, Ala., planting its first factory on U.S. soil and aiming to compete better against archrival Boeing.
Airbus, based in France, said it plans to employ 1,00...
Consumer confidence slipped in June
2012-06-27 08:47:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans can't seem to shake their uneasy feeling about the economy.
Consumer confidence fell in June for the fourth straight month as worries about jobs and the overall economy outweighed relief at the gas pump and an improvem...
US new-home sales rose at fastest pace in 2 years
2012-06-25 20:47:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years. The increase suggests a modest recovery is continuing in the U.S. housing market, despite weaker job growth.
The Commerce Department said Monday tha...
Stocks head lower as Spain seeks help for banks
2012-06-25 20:43:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Europe's latest efforts to quell its financial crisis left investors exasperated, causing steep losses in stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 138 points to close Monday at 12,503...
Negotiators closing in on student loan deal
2012-06-23 18:09:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers appeared to be closing in on a compromise that would head off a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal loans to 7.4 million college students and end an election-year battle between President Barack ...
Feds probe engine stalling in Chrysler 200
2012-06-22 16:14:39 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Federal safety regulators are investigating complaints about engine stalling in some Chrysler 200 midsize sedans.
The probe includes about 87,000 of the cars from the 2011 model year that have 3.6-liter V-6 engines.
US stocks bounce back, with banks leading the way
2012-06-22 16:05:27 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Banks are leading the stock market up in midday trading, a day after stocks had their second-worst loss of the year.
JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are among the top stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average Friday. The gai...
Parties are worlds apart on how to fix economy
2012-06-18 20:08:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans are desperate for work, runaway government spending clouds the future and Democratic and Republican candidates are busy making one thing clear: They're light years apart on what to do about it.
They do ag...
US unemployment aid applications rise to 386K
2012-06-14 16:50:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish.
The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, an increase fr...
US retail sales dropped 0.2 percent in May
2012-06-13 17:43:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans barely increased their spending at retail businesses in April and May, constrained by weak job creation and paltry wage increases.
A sharp drop in gas prices pulled down overall sales in both months by 0.2 percent, t...
JPMorgan CEO says execs may have pay taken back
2012-06-13 17:33:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told Congress on Wednesday that senior bank executives responsible for a $2 billion trading loss will probably have some of their pay taken back by the company.
"It's likely that there will be cl...
Cost to lunch with Warren Buffett: $3.5 million
2012-06-10 03:32:03 UTC
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The cost to dine with investor Warren Buffett has apparently spiked in value, with one deep-pocketed bidder forking over nearly $3.5 million during a charity auction.
The annual auction for a private lunch with the Nebraska b...
Consumer confidence in the economy plunged in May
2012-05-29 18:17:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Here we go again.
Americans confidence in the economy suffered the biggest drop in eight months as worries about the weak jobs, housing and stock markets rattled them again. The decline comes after a few months of optimism amid ...
US bank earnings rose this winter to 5-year high
2012-05-24 20:51:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. bank earnings rose in the first three months of the year to the highest level in nearly five years and the number of troubled banks fell for the fourth straight quarter.
The mostly positive first-quarter earnings released...