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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...

An inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve shows price pressures still elevated

Feb. 29, 2024 08:34 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — An inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve shows price pressures still elevated.

Fewer banks are tightening lending standards, raising hopes for easier loan access ahead

Feb. 29, 2024 08:11 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fewer banks tightened lending standards as 2023 came to a close, a hopeful sign for businesses that broader loan access is on the horizon. Lending standards are essentially the measures used by a bank to determine whether a business or person gets a loan. Tighter...

Fast-food wrappers that contain PFAS are no longer sold in the US, the FDA says

Feb. 28, 2024 16:24 PM EST

Fast-food wrappers and packaging that contain so-called forever chemicals are no longer being sold in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. It's the result of a voluntary effort with U.S. food manufacturers to phase out food contact packaging made with...