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April 24, 2014 - 10:21am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week with the spring home-buying season beginning.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan rose to 4.33 percent from 4.27 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage increased to 3.39 percent from 3.33 percent.

Mortgage rates have risen almost a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago.


April 24, 2014 - 10:17am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of postal workers around the country are expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees.

Thursday's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states, including rallies in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Last year, Framingham, Mass.-based Staples Inc. began offering postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80 stores. The American...

April 24, 2014 - 9:58am
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NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed earnings news from big U.S. companies left investors searching for direction in early trading, leaving major indexes little changed.

Raytheon fell 5 percent after its results for the first quarter came up short of what investors were expecting. 3M fell 2 percent after its earnings disappointed.

There were plenty of bright spots in the earnings news. Apple led a gain in the technology sector after announcing a big earnings gain,...

April 24, 2014 - 9:54am
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge is allowing New Mexico running back Crusoe Gongbay to return home to Maryland once the semester ends in May before returning to Albuquerque to face rape and kidnapping charges.

The 20-year-old from Rockville, Md., was arrested Monday after turning himself in. He had an initial appearance Wednesday in Metropolitan Court.

Gongbay has been suspended from the team because of the allegations that he participated in an...

April 24, 2014 - 9:32am
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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's criminal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a former Oklahoma State basketball player accused of sexually assaulting two women at an off-campus party in 2010.

The Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday reversed the conviction for Darrell (duh-REL') Williams because several jurors made unauthorized visits to the crime scene.

Williams was convicted in 2012 of two counts of rape by instrumentation and one...

April 24, 2014 - 9:25am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas announced a $66 million expansion project that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in the United States.

Company officials said Thursday that the 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space and extra underground parking will help it attract larger trade shows, and will allow conferences already there to expand.

"One of the real strengths of the recovery is...

April 24, 2014 - 9:21am
4 min 52 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The frugality of the Great Recession may be history.

Orbitz senior editor Jeanenne Tornatore (jeh-NEEN' TOR'-nah-tor) says the travel website's survey finds 88 percent of Americans plan real vacations this year. She says "people don't talk staycation anymore," as was popular a few years ago. This year's survey finds "people really getting back out, taking these longer vacations and kind of trading up for some bigger destinations."

April 24, 2014 - 9:17am
4 min 52 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed earnings from a large number of U.S. companies left the stock market without direction early Thursday, despite positive results from a handful of names including Apple and Caterpillar. 3M was among those whose results disappointed investors.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose less than a point to 1,876 as of 10:24 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 13 points to 16,462 and the Nasdaq composite edged up four...

April 24, 2014 - 9:06am
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SYLVESTER, Ga. (AP) — Officials say the parents of an infant who was found dead at their Mississippi home drove with their 2-year-old daughter to Georgia, where they are being held on felony drug warrants.

Police in Sylvester, about 170 miles south of Atlanta, say 2-year-old Maliah Harris was found unharmed at 12:09 a.m. Thursday in a traffic stop after an Amber Alert was issued. Police Chief Robert Jennings says 34-year-old Donald Boyd Harris and 31-year-old Allison...

April 24, 2014 - 9:01am
4 min 52 sec ago

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, joining 11 incumbent Democrats as the party tries to keep control of the Senate this November.

Grimes' statement Wednesday to The Associated Press came on the same day that a group committed to blocking the pipeline's construction announced plans to spend $500,000 setting up field offices in Kentucky to defeat U.S. Sen....

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