Government policy

August 02, 2018 - 7:03 am
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England raised its main interest rate Thursday for only the second time since the 2008 financial crisis as it weighed a strong jobs market and high inflation against growing concerns about Brexit. The bank's nine-member Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to raise...
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August 02, 2018 - 4:52 am
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate Thursday for only the second time since the 2008 financial crisis as it weighs a strong jobs market and high inflation against the growing concerns about the economic impact of Brexit. Economists forecast that the...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2017, file photo, protesters hold up signs outside a courthouse in San Francisco. President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration authorities is unconstitutional, but a judge went too far when he blocked its enforcement nationwide, a U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday, Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
August 01, 2018 - 5:36 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with immigration authorities is unconstitutional, but a judge went too far when he blocked its enforcement nationwide, a U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday...
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The HealthCare.gov website main page. The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey “Obamacare” for consumers struggling with high premiums. But the policies don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions and benefits are limited. It’s not certain if that’s going to translate into broad consumer appeal among people who need an individual policy. (HHS via AP
August 01, 2018 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday cleared the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. But the new policies don't have to cover existing medical conditions and they offer...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2018 file photo, construction cranes in Southwest Washington are silhouetted against the morning sky as redevelopment continues in the waterfront area of the District of Columbia. Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.1 percent in June, the biggest decline in more than a year as spending on public construction dropped at the highest rate in more than five years. The Commerce Department says the decline in June brought total construction spending to a seasonally-adjusted $1.32 trillion, 6.1 percent higher than a year ago. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
August 01, 2018 - 10:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.1 percent in June, the biggest decline in more than a year as spending on public construction dropped at the highest rate in more than five years. The decline in June brought total construction spending to a seasonally-adjusted $1.32...
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In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, photo, Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, left, shakes hands with Japanese Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi during their meeting in Tokyo. Fox said Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, the United Kingdom wants to align itself with Asia’s growing economies as it prepares to leave the European Union. Fox said that he welcomed the support he received from Japanese leaders for Britain’s aspirations to join an 11-country Pacific trade agreement. He is on the last day of a three-day trip to Japan after visiting the United States. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 01, 2018 - 4:51 am
TOKYO (AP) — Britain wants to align itself more closely with Asia's growing economies as it prepares to leave the European Union, Trade Secretary Liam Fox said Wednesday. The United Kingdom seeks to strike new trade pacts with countries that are becoming a larger part of its export market, he said...
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An investor sits in front of private stock trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as traders were unsure if reported efforts by the U.S. and China to restart trade talks would bear fruit. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
August 01, 2018 - 4:50 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — World shares were mixed Wednesday on uncertainties over trade, as news the U.S. and China may be working to reopen trade talks was overshadowed by talk of plans for even higher tariffs on Chinese imports. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 dropped 0.8 percent to 7,686.98 and Germany...
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August 01, 2018 - 4:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government has warned it will retaliate if Washington imposes new trade penalties following a report the Trump administration will propose increasing the tariff rate on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, warned Tuesday...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2011, file photo, cans of Coca-Cola and Diet Coke sit in a cooler at a deli in Portland, Ore. Items ranging from canned beverages to airline tickets will likely get more expensive, companies warn, as they face higher costs. Procter & Gamble, one of the biggest makers of consumer products, said Tuesday, July 31, 2018, that Pampers prices will increase by an average of 4 percent in North America, while the Bounty, Charmin and Puffs brands could see 5 percent increases. (AP Photo, File)
August 01, 2018 - 3:12 am
The price of a can of Coca-Cola? Likely going up. A package of Pampers? That too. Plane tickets? They also may be more expensive. These items and more may cost more in the coming months as people start feeling the effects of higher fuel prices and raw-material costs as well as a range of tariffs...
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An investor sits in front of private stock trading boards at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as traders were unsure if reported efforts by the U.S. and China to restart trade talks would bear fruit. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
August 01, 2018 - 2:49 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian shares are mixed as U.S. plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports and weaker-than-expected manufacturing data weighed on sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9 percent to 22,746.70 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.5 percent to 2,307.02 on...
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