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U.S. 30-year average mortgage rate rises to 4.13 percent

WASHINGTON — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed for the sixth straight week in the aftermath of Donald Trump's election win, marking new highs for the year. Continue reading...

Congress scrambles to finish defense, stopgap spending bills

WASHINGTON — Congress scrambled Thursday to wrap-up unfinished business that includes a vote in the Senate on a sweeping defense policy bill and final action on a must-do spending measure to keep the government from shutting down at midnight Friday. Continue reading...

Trump to meet with Ohio State attack victims, families

NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump is taking on a task Thursday that became all too familiar to his predecessor — supporting survivors after an outbreak of violence, this time families and victims from last week's attack at Ohio State University. Continue reading...

Pizza shop gunman says he regrets how he handled situation

SALISBURY, N.C. — The man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant said he regrets how he handled the situation but refused to completely dismiss the false online claims involving a child sex ring that brought him there. Continue reading...

Union president Jones challenges Trump on Carrier

WASHINGTON — The union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter challenged the president-elect Thursday to back up his claim that a deal to discourage Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory would save 1,100 American jobs. Continue reading...

In Capitol Hill showdown, Arkansas cheese dip bests Texas' queso

Subscriber onlyLawmakers from across the country agree: Arkansas cheese dip is superior to Texas queso. Continue reading...

Trump adds to Cabinet, softens immigrants tone

Subscriber onlyDonald Trump moved Wednesday toward expanding his Cabinet, choosing retired Gen. John Kelly to head his Homeland Security Department, according to people close to the transition. Continue reading...

Pearl Harbor survivor, Arkansan joins ceremony at National World War II Memorial

Subscriber onlyHarold Mainer, 95, doesn't need history books to tell him what happened at Pearl Harbor. The Charleston, Ark., man was present on Dec. 7, 1941, when the bombs started falling and his colleagues started dying. Continue reading...

S.C. killings witness: Roof 'evil, evil, evil'

Subscriber onlyA survivor of last year's massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that members of her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room went dark. Continue reading...

Senate passes biomedical bill, sends it to Obama

Subscriber only The Senate shipped legislation to President Barack Obama on Wednesday lowering hurdles for government drug approvals as the 114th Congress bumped toward the end of a two-year run highlighted by upheaval and stalemate. Continue reading...

Senate bids Mikulski farewell

5-term Democrat proud of mentoring chamber’s women

Subscriber onlyDemocratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a 40-year veteran of Congress and a tough-as-nails advocate for Maryland, the poor and women's rights, said farewell to the Senate on Wednesday, recalling her roots as a Baltimore community activist and her work for "for jobs and justice." Continue reading...

U.S. judge lifts order to recount

Michigan state court pivotal

Subscriber only A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount effectively ended it on Wednesday, tying his decision to a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request another look at ballots. Continue reading...

Judge tosses Marines' decision to boot officer

Subscriber onlyA federal judge has tossed out a Marine Corps decision to remove an officer from the service after he sent classified information through an unclassified email server while warning colleagues in Afghanistan about the security threat posed by a police chief whose teenage servant later killed three Marines. Continue reading...

Charges dropped in officer’s killing

Subscriber only Prosecutors dropped murder charges Wednesday against a man in the killing of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while on duty, but did not elaborate on why they no longer consider him a suspect. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyTwo teens charged in Tennessee blaze Continue reading...

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