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Hill plan on titles passes in House

Bill resets forms’ insurance listing

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A bill by U.S. Rep. French Hill altering title insurance premium disclosures passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week, part of a legislative package that garnered considerable bipartisan support. Continue reading...

Import tax proposed for 2 metals

National security cited in plan that targets steel, aluminum

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Commerce Department revealed its recommendations that the U.S. impose tariffs or quotas on imports of aluminum and steel, in the strongest indication yet the administration intends to see protectionist agenda through. Continue reading...

U.S. new-home construction up 9.7%

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- New-home construction jumped 9.7 percent last month to the highest level since October 2016, welcome news for a housing market struggling with a shortage of homes for sale. Continue reading...

Corporate borrowing expected to stay hot

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. tax overhaul is freeing up cash for companies, and the Federal Reserve is expected to raise rates, but chief financial officers are still eager to borrow, UBS Group strategists wrote this week. Continue reading...

Recall of dog foods cites taint from pet-euthanasia drug

Subscriber onlyMIAMI -- J.M. Smucker is "withdrawing" all lots of certain Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Skippy and Ol' Roy canned dog food products manufactured since 2016 because they might contain pentobarbital, a sedative used in pet euthanasia. Continue reading...

Farmers upbeat, Deere raises forecast

Subscriber onlyDeere & Co., the world's largest farm-machine maker, raised its full-year sales forecast, and there's reason to believe that good news will keep coming. Continue reading...

January wholesale prices up 0.4%

Increase in energy costs offsets decline for food, data show

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.4 percent in January, the biggest increase since November, as a big jump in energy prices offset a small decline in the cost of food. Continue reading...

Trump supports Internet sales tax

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump "feels strongly" that the U.S. should impose a sales tax on purchases made over the Internet, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Thursday. Continue reading...

Sinclair, FCC chief's ties probed

Legislative critic of Tribune Media deal confirms inquiry

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to greatly increase the number of stations they own. A few weeks later, Sinclair Broadcasting announced a blockbuster $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media -- a deal those new rules made possible. Continue reading...

Amtrak looks at suspending service on tracks lacking safe-speed system

Subscriber onlyAmtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad's top executive said Thursday, threatening to disrupt operations across the U.S. in a push to strengthen safety after a series of deadly wrecks. Continue reading...

Consumer prices post 0.5% rise

January uptick tops expectations, feeds into inflation fear

Subscriber onlyConsumer prices jumped more than expected last month, the Labor Department said Wednesday, adding to the fear of higher inflation that has roiled financial markets in recent days. Continue reading...

January buying sluggish after roll

Sales slide 0.3%; analysts unfazed

Subscriber only Americans pulled back on buying cars, furniture and other goods in January, pushing retail sales down by 0.3 percent, the biggest decline in 11 months. Continue reading...

TV station inks deal on 1st livestreaming

Subscriber onlyA television station in Salt Lake City has struck a first-of-its-kind deal: It is going to livestream a professional sports team's games without also carrying them over the air. Continue reading...

Muzzled at hearings, offshore-drilling foes rallying to be heard

Subscriber onlyOpponents of President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic. Continue reading...

Don't roil trade, China urges U.S.

On steel, aluminum disputes, negotiate, Trump is advised

Subscriber only China appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to avoid disrupting trade and to settle steel and aluminum disputes through negotiation after Trump said he would decide whether to impose tariffs or quotas. Continue reading...

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