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In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 photo Lowe's Assistant Store Manager Patrick Mulloney, of Marlborough, Mass., left, assists customer Karen Frank, of Framingham, Mass., right, at a Lowe's retail home improvement and appliance store, in Framingham. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Conference Board releases its February index on U.S. consumer confidence. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
February 27, 2018 - 10:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers are the most confident they've been since 2000. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 130.8 in February, highest since November 2000 and up from 124.3 in January. The business research group's index measures consumers' assessment of...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 28, 2017, file photo, former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses an audience during a forum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Ban is scheduled to speak at Boston College, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, on "human welfare and global citizenship." (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
February 27, 2018 - 10:01 am
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is making an appearance at Boston College. Ban was South Korea's foreign minister before serving 10 years as U.N. chief. He's scheduled to speak Tuesday on "human welfare and global citizenship." Ban told the U.N. Security Council last...
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Former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine speaks to protesters, numbering near 1,000, as they gather at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center before marching to the Florida Capitol for the Rally in Tally in Tallahassee, Fla., Feb 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
February 27, 2018 - 9:37 am
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Prosecutors and defense lawyers for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz have reached an agreement on DNA and other samples he'll provide. The Broward...
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In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, photo, a sold sign is displayed in front of a new development in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for December is released. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
February 27, 2018 - 9:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years in 2017, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor's said Tuesday that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index jumped 6.3...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 file photo, visitors pray outside the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem. Leaders of the two largest Christian sects in Jerusalem on Monday said the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will remain closed indefinitely to protest an Israeli attempt to tax their properties in the holy city, shuttering one of Jerusalem's most venerable and popular holy sites. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)
February 27, 2018 - 9:34 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Jerusalem's mayor on Tuesday suspended a plan to impose taxes on properties owned by Christian churches, backing away from a move that had enraged religious leaders and led to the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. In a statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's...
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FILE- This Jan. 22, 2018, file photo shows a Whirlpool microwave and oven on display in the appliance section of a Lowe's in Wexford, Pa. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2017, the Commerce Department releases its report on durable goods for January. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
February 27, 2018 - 9:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — New orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell 3.7 percent in January, the biggest decline since July 2017, following two months of increases that reflected strength in the country's industry. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders were depressed by a 10 percent...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, an Amazon Echo Dot is displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company in Seattle. A shift to voice-centric services is forcing businesses to rethink how they present information to consumers. Amazon’s voice-shopping feature boils down shopping requests to one or two options and makes buying easy because it already has payment and shipping information for voice-eligible customers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
February 27, 2018 - 9:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When the world shifted from personal computers to smartphones, websites had to slim down to work on smaller screens and slower wireless connections. A similar shift to voice-centric services is again forcing businesses to rethink how they present information to consumers — and...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 file photo, visitors pray outside the closed doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem. Leaders of the two largest Christian sects in Jerusalem on Monday said the Church of the Holy Sepulchre will remain closed indefinitely to protest an Israeli attempt to tax their properties in the holy city, shuttering one of Jerusalem's most venerable and popular holy sites. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)
February 27, 2018 - 9:11 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Jerusalem mayor's move to collect taxes from Christian denominations, which prompted the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Jerusalem's mayor has suspended a plan to collect taxes from churches, easing a crisis that had led to...
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FILE - In this April 18, 2009 file photo Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis crosses his fingers wishing that everything goes well with the School's Prom as he talks with reporters in the hallway at the school near Littleton, Colo. Following school shootings like the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, administrators reach out to the former Columbine High principal. There is no book to teach what he learned after gunmen killed 12 of his students and a teacher in 1999. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
February 27, 2018 - 9:04 am
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Following school shootings like the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, administrators reach out to former Columbine High principal Frank DeAngelis as there is no book to teach what he learned after gunmen killed 12 of his students and a teacher in 1999. There should be...
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In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, photo, a sold sign is displayed in front of a new development in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for December is released. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
February 27, 2018 - 9:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose last year at the fastest 12-month pace in more than three years, as potential home buyers fought over a limited number of available properties. Standard & Poor's said that its S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index jumped 6.3 percent in...
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