Howard Dean to head new Dem voter data exchange

Politics 02/13/19, 06:02

Howard Dean is back. The one-time presidential candidate, former Vermont governor and ex-Democratic National Committee chairman is set to return to prominence as head of a new operation that Democrats hope puts them back on par with Republicans in the never-ending race to use voter data to drive Americans to the ...

Asian shares mostly higher on hopes for US-China trade deal

Business 02/13/19, 01:39

Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday, cheered by prospects for a resolution of the costly trade dispute between the U.S. and China.The region tracked gains overnight on Wall Street, with Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 adding 1.4 percent to 21,148.36 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng up 1.1 percent at 28,484.49. The ...

NY Fed: Auto loan delinquencies at highest point since 2010

New York 02/12/19, 18:27

Borrowers are behind in their auto loan payments in numbers not seen since delinquencies peaked at the end of 2010, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.More than 7 million Americans were 90 or more days behind on their car loans at the end of last year, 1 ...

US expects record domestic oil production in 2019, 2020

Business 02/12/19, 14:06

The U.S. says domestic oil production levels will reach new heights this year and next, and that prices will be lower than they were in 2018.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that it expects the United States to pump 12.4 million barrels of crude a day in 2019 and ...

Global stocks rise as US averts government shutdown

Business 02/12/19, 10:20

U.S. stocks gained in early trading Tuesday after U.S. lawmakers reached a deal to avoid another partial government shutdown and as the U.S. and China engage in another round of trade talks. The agreement on border security involves far less money for a wall than the White House wants and it's ...

Watergate in full: Epic documentary shows at Berlin festival

Entertainment 02/12/19, 10:15

Director Charles Ferguson thought Watergate had never "properly been done." The result is a documentary that explores the American presidential scandal in its full epic span and clocks in at more than four hours.Ferguson, who directed the Oscar-winning financial crisis documentary "Inside Job," is presenting the film this week at ...

Asian stocks rise after listless Wall Street day

Business 02/12/19, 01:04

Asian stocks rose Tuesday following a listless day on Wall Street as investors looked ahead to U.S.-Chinese trade talks. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 2.6 percent to 20,871.36 and the Shanghai Composite Exchange added 0.6 percent to 2,669.66. Hong Kong's Hang Seng was 7 points higher at 28,151.38 and Seoul's ...

Maine governor defends $8B budget proposal as ‘pragmatic’

Health 02/11/19, 20:35

Maine's Democratic governor rallied support Monday for her two-year, $8 billion budget proposal, which includes funding for Medicaid expansion that she deemed the "bargain of a century."Gov. Janet Mills, buoyed by Democratic control of the House and Senate, told a joint session of the Legislature that it's time to move ...

Stocks open higher ahead of US-China trade talks

Europe 02/11/19, 10:32

U.S. stocks were mostly higher in early trading Monday as Wall Street nears the end of a relatively strong earnings season and looks ahead to key trade talks between the U.S. and China.U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin is leading a delegation set to meet with Chinese officials on Thursday and ...

UK’s May seeks compromise with Labour in EU divorce deal

Europe 02/11/19, 10:09

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought a compromise Monday with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn in hopes of securing his backing for a divorce deal with the European Union.The political maneuvering comes amid strong signs that uncertainty over Brexit is already clamping down on Britain's economic growth.Taking a cordial tone, May ...

Brexit’s toll: UK economy at weakest since financial crisis

Business 02/11/19, 05:17

Mounting uncertainty over Brexit saw the British economy slow last year to its weakest growth rate since the aftermath of the global financial crisis, official figures released Monday.The Office for National Statistics said that the British economy grew by a quarterly rate of only 0.2 percent during the fourth quarter, ...

Asian stocks rise ahead of new round of US-China trade talks

Business 02/11/19, 01:41

Asian stocks were mostly higher on Monday as traders watched for developments on a fresh round of trade talks between American and Chinese officials in Beijing this week. Markets in China and Taiwan, reopening after a weeklong Lunar New Year break, posted broad gains.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite index jumped ...

Westby ski club continues to keep ski jumping alive

Sports 02/11/19, 01:06

The Coon Valley and Westby area took a sucker punch — make that punches — to the stomach this summer when nearly a foot of rain fell, then ripped through the usually tranquil valleys.Many of us witnessed what it did to the houses and businesses of Coon Valley as well ...

Socialist Maduro seeks to raise dollars with appeal to greed

World 02/11/19, 00:00

When Jose Humberto Vivas needs to trade dollars for Venezuelan bolivars, he usually flouts the nation's rigid exchange controls by turning to illegal currency traders.But last week, Vivas put a few hundred dollars in his wallet and headed to an exchange house regulated by Venezuela's socialist government, lured by the ...

Asian stocks mixed ahead of next round of US-China talks

Business 02/10/19, 22:32

Asian stocks were mixed on Monday as traders watched for developments on a fresh round of trade talks with the United States this week in Beijing. Markets in China and Taiwan, reopening after a weeklong Lunar New Year break, edged higher on hopes that American and Chinese officials will make ...

Update: Warren officially kicks off bid for White House

Politics 02/09/19, 12:04

The Latest on Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the 2020 election (all times local): 12:03 p.m. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made her presidential candidacy official, kicking off her bid for the White House at a rally in the working-class town of Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Democrat joins a crowded field in her party's primary. ...

Asian stocks fall after Trump says no plans for Xi meeting

Business 02/08/19, 01:58

Asian markets tumbled on Friday after President Donald Trump said he doesn't plan to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping before a tariffs truce ends in March. Japan's Nikkei 225 index was 2 percent lower at 20,333.17. Hong Kong's Hang Seng, reopening after a Lunar New Year break, gave up 0.4 percent ...

Smaller stocks are winning again, but for how long?

Business 02/07/19, 11:03

The stock market's biggest gains are once again coming from its smallest companies, but the trend may not last much longer.Smaller-company stocks like Allegiant Travel and AK Steel have been soaring since late December and leading the rest of the market, a sharp reversal from much of the winter, when ...

Markets Right Now: Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street

Business 02/07/19, 09:42

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street, following declines in Europe on more discouraging news on Europe's economy.Technology and internet companies fell the most in early trading Thursday.Facebook sank 1.5 percent after German authorities said the company can't use customer ...

UK economy to grow at weakest rate since financial crisis

Europe 02/07/19, 07:49

The British economy is set to grow this year by its weakest rate since the global financial crisis as uncertainties over Britain's exit from the European Union ratchet higher, the Bank of England warned Thursday.The central bank said the U.K. economy is slowing despite a modest boost from firms stockpiling ...

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