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US long-term mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 3.88 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. rates slipped this week, reversing two straight weekly increases. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages fell to 3.88 percent from 3.91 percent last week. A year ago, the benchmark

Technology companies lead early slide in US stocks; oil down

Technology companies led a slide in U.S. stocks early Thursday as the market pulled back from its latest record highs. Cruise lines, fast-food restaurants and other consumer-focused companies also declined. Phone company stocks notched gains. Investors were poring over a

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Surprise! 4 things you didn’t know were taxable

Tax season begins in just a few months, which means there’s precious little time left to prevent unwelcome tax surprises next April. For many people, the blow comes when they find out they have to report income they thought wasn’t

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Kenya police disperse demonstrators despite court order

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police fired rifles and tear gas Thursday to disperse demonstrators preparing to protest police killings of opposition supporters ahead of a fresh presidential election, a witness said. An AP photographer saw police scatter the protesters

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New Yves Saint Laurent museum opens in Marrakech

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Yves Saint Laurent museum opened its doors to the public Thursday in Marrakech, the sunny, bustling, gritty Moroccan city beloved by the late French designer. The highly-anticipated opening comes less than three weeks since the

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The Latest: Belgian PM downplays rift over Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is playing down a rift with Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy over Michel’s appeal to stop the violence in Catalonia

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Chelsea Handler ending Netflix show to focus on activism

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chelsea Handler says she is ending her weekly Netflix talk show after two seasons in order to focus on political activism. Handler says in a statement that she plans to devote as much time as she

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Emotional Celtics drop first 2 games after Hayward’s injury

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics fans lined up to sign a banner urging Gordon Hayward to “come back stronger than ever.” One player wrote his injured teammate’s initials on his shoe. The crowd that bought tickets to see him make his

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IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month

Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have “a number” of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of these athletes for next

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US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

Olympic cyclist Nothstein in Pennsylvania congressional race

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Olympic cycling gold medalist Marty Nothstein is the latest to announce he’s running for the eastern Pennsylvania congressional seat being vacated by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Dent. Dent, a former state senator, is a centrist

Report: Medicaid enrollments, costs begin to stabilize

States are seeing more stability in their Medicaid programs after experiencing a surge in enrollment and costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that one of the major pillars of former President Barack Obama’s health overhaul may be nearing

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A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Smoke wafted from the smoldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic

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Russian opposition divided over TV host’s presidential bid

MOSCOW (AP) — A presidential bid by a celebrity Russian TV host drew conflicting reaction from the country’s beleaguered opposition Thursday, with some accusing her of playing into the Kremlin’s hands and others welcoming her move. Though President Vladimir Putin’s

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May calls for urgency in Brexit talks as she joins EU summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived at a European Union summit Thursday with a call for urgency and a pledge to treat EU residents well once Britain leaves the bloc — the latest attempt to reinvigorate the

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Turkey seeks Nigeria’s support against US-based cleric

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged cooperation with Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram but said he expected the African nation’s support against a movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of

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Kelly kept tragedy out of politics, but Trump brought it up

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s known as some of the saddest ground in America, a 14-acre plot of Arlington National Cemetery called Section 60 where many U.S. personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are interred. On Memorial Day this year, President

UK probes alleged money laundering link to South Africa

LONDON (AP) — U.K. authorities are investigating allegations that British banks inadvertently acted as conduits for money laundering linked to corruption in South Africa. British Treasury chief Philip Hammond passed on allegations raised in a letter by former Cabinet Minister

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The Latest: Parties respond to government push in Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Spain’s political parties are responding to the government’s push to take over some or all of Catalonia’s autonomous powers in response to a threat

Newlyweds’ pot-bellied pig gets second reprieve from borough

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania borough has granted a second reprieve to a newly married couple fighting for the right to keep their pet pot-bellied pig. Leechburg Council last month voted to delay a decision on Finley, the pig

Police: Men rob store for $1 with hunting knives, then flee

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Two men made an unusually small request as they robbed a store in Massachusetts by demanding a single dollar in their robbery. Police say two men entered the Brockton Market and Deli around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday

Sheriff’s cadet uses dad’s patrol car to pull over his ex

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say the 22-year-old son of a Florida sheriff’s lieutenant took his father’s unmarked car and used it to pull over his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Local news outlets report that Christopher Combs

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Global stock markets slip as China’s growth slows

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Global stocks mostly fell Thursday after data showed that China’s economic growth slowed slightly and tensions rose over the Spanish region of Catalonia’s bid for independence. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.5 percent to

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Survivors of Maryland office shooting in critical condition

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two people who survived an office shooting were still in critical condition Thursday morning, a day after a gunman opened fire on his co-workers at a Maryland kitchen countertop business, killing three and sending police on

Taliban attacks kill 58, nearly wipe out Afghan army camp

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have killed at least 58 Afghan security forces in a wave of attacks across the country, including an assault that nearly wiped out an army camp in the southern Kandahar province. Spokesman Dawlat Wazir

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The Latest: Trump gives GOP pep talk on $4.1T budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times local): 6:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is rooting for fellow Senate Republicans to succeed in efforts to pass a massive $4.1 trillion budget plan.

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British retail sales slip amid household income squeeze

LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that retail sales in Britain fell by a bigger than anticipated 0.8 percent in September, a drop that analysts say has its roots in the squeeze on household incomes by a spike in inflation.

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Ardern to lead New Zealand liberal government

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand’s next prime minister and hopes to take the country on a more liberal path following nine years of rule by the conservatives. The outcome of a national election nearly

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Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader’s resignation

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The sons of slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia have called on the Maltese prime minister to resign. In a Facebook post Thursday, they said Joseph Muscat should take political responsibility for “failing to uphold our

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The Latest: Pro-secession Catalan groups call more protests

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Civil society groups in Catalonia are calling for new protests over the jailing of their pro-independence leaders by Spanish authorities. Spain’s National Court ordered

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