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U.S. home resales up 4.4% in March

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes climbed 4.4 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. It was the fastest pace in a decade. Continue reading...

GOP bill hits hard at Dodd- Frank

It’d go beyond even banks’ aims

Subscriber onlyHouse Republicans are working to undo regulations put in place under President Barack Obama to rein in Wall Street, offering the industry relief from dozens of rules. Continue reading...

VW to pay $2.8B criminal penalty

Judge rues that scandal hurts workers, car buyers, not execs

Subscriber onlyDETROIT -- A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker. Continue reading...

At G-20, free-trade benefits stressed

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The world's major economies are united in their belief that free trade delivers healthy economic growth. But they also agree that more needs to be done for those left behind, and President Donald Trump's administration is letting it be known that it intends to make sure that America's trade deals are fair for U.S. workers. Continue reading...

R.I. resort town aims to keep ride-hailing firms on mainland

Subscriber onlyNEW SHOREHAM, R.I. -- Twelve miles and a ferry ride from the New England shore, Block Island is one of the last major tourist destinations in the United States without Uber or Lyft -- and many islanders want it to stay that way. Continue reading...

Poor earnings report hurts Kate Spade's buyout leverage

Subscriber onlyKate Spade & Co. has attracted interest from high-end rivals Coach Inc. and Michael Kors Holdings Ltd., since the handbag-maker put itself up for sale in February, according to people familiar with the matter. Continue reading...

Exxon's Russia waiver denied

Trump administration rejects bid to override sanctions

Subscriber only Exxon Mobil Corp. won't be allowed to bypass U.S. sanctions against Russia to resume drilling for oil in a joint venture that seeks to tap billions of barrels of Russian crude. Continue reading...

Ignore pesticides data, firm urges

It asks U.S. agencies ‘to set aside’ studies’ findings of harm

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Continue reading...

FCC votes to loosen rules on TV mergers, bulk broadband cost

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday accelerated its deregulation push under Republican control, voting to ease limits on broadcast-TV ownership and prices that large telecom companies can charge businesses and governments for bulk broadband services. Continue reading...

Privatizing air controllers on table

Other nations have realized efficiencies, 2005 study found

Subscriber onlyIn Canada, about 2,000 air traffic controllers scrutinize 7 million square miles of North American skies to manage the takeoff and landing of 10,000 flights a day -- all without a cent of government funding while maintaining safety standards that meet or exceed those of the United States. Continue reading...

Subscriber loss at 307,000, Verizon not averse to suitors

Subscriber onlyVerizon Communications Inc.'s struggles worsened in the first quarter, as a decision to sell unlimited mobile data services came too late to stanch the worst subscriber loss in more than a decade. Continue reading...

Agency sues mortgage servicer Ocwen

Subscriber onlyThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Ocwen Financial Corp., one of the nation's largest mortgage servicers, on Thursday, alleging the company engaged in "significant and systemic misconduct" that caused borrowers to lose their homes. Continue reading...

Killer air bags can lurk in fixed cars

Subscriber onlyA Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government's efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There's nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from wrecked cars and reused. Continue reading...

Politics, liquor mix in Indiana

Alcohold lobby directs bieg contributions to key legislators

Subscriber onlyIndiana law allows someone to walk out of a convenience store and crack open a beer purchased there, but it can't be a cold one. Continue reading...

Credit-score math changing to spot trends, warning signs

Subscriber onlyThe math behind credit scores is getting an overhaul. Continue reading...