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Legislation to legalize, tax skill games in Virginia heads to governor

Mar. 01, 2024 17:59 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers passed legislation Friday that would legalize skill games, the slots-like betting machines that proliferated in businesses around the state before an on-again, off-again ban took effect. If signed by GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, the bill would...

Stock market today: Another winning week for Wall Street ends with more records

Mar. 01, 2024 17:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street closed its latest winning week with more gains Friday, pushing U.S. stocks to new heights. The S&P 500 rose 40.81 points, or 0.8%, to 5,137.08 a day after setting an all-time high. It’s been on a tremendous run and has climbed in 16 of the last 18...

New Jersey gambling regulator who advised nation on integrity and oversight retires

Mar. 01, 2024 12:21 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — David Rebuck, who oversaw New Jersey's development of nation-leading internet gambling and sports betting industries and advised more than two dozen states on setting up and regulating their own gambling operations, retired Friday after 13 years as one of America's most...

Stock market today: Asia stocks rise follow Wall Street climbs to more all-time highs

Feb. 29, 2024 23:54 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks gained Friday, after U.S. stocks climbed to all-time highs Thursday. U.S. futures edged higher and oil prices advanced. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.7% to 39,850.00. Japan’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.4% in January,...

EPA delays rules for existing natural gas power plants until after the November election

Feb. 29, 2024 21:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it is delaying planned rules to curb emissions from existing natural gas plants that release harmful air pollutants and contribute to global warming. The agency said it is still on track to finalize rules for...

Three former Department of Education employees charged with defrauding Arizona voucher program

Feb. 29, 2024 20:31 PM EST

Three former Arizona Department of Education employees were indicted on conspiracy and money laundering charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme to defraud more than $600,000 from an education voucher program that has drawn criticism for its skyrocketing costs and lax regulation by the state. ...

Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge picked up last month in sign of still-elevated prices

Feb. 29, 2024 12:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inflation gauge favored by the Federal Reserve increased in January, the latest sign that the slowdown in U.S. consumer price increases is occurring unevenly from month to month. The government reported Thursday that prices rose 0.3% from December to January,...

Average long-term US mortgage rises to 6.94% after marking fourth-straight weekly increase

Feb. 29, 2024 12:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate rose for the fourth consecutive week, another setback for prospective homebuyers just as the spring homebuying season gets going. The average rate on a 30-year mortgage rose to 6.94% from 6.90% last week, mortgage buyer...

Aid groups appeal to the European Union to release urgent funds for Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA

Feb. 29, 2024 09:21 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Humanitarian aid groups appealed on Thursday to the European Union to release tens of millions of euros in funding due to the main U.N. agency that delivers most aid to people in the Gaza Strip as the organization teeters on the brink of financial collapse. The...

Western Balkans leaders pledge to speed up reforms for EU growth plan

Feb. 29, 2024 08:37 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of Western Balkan countries agreed Thursday to speed up regional cooperation to benefit more from a new European Union plan of financial aid that will help provide a faster road to membership. Brussels' plan calls for 6 billion euros (about $6.5...