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Allyson Schwartz, president of Better Medicare Alliance, speaks during an Interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The group, gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries, is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 21, 2018 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program. The Better Medicare Alliance claims a far-flung...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2018 file photo, a sale signs stand outside a home on the market in Denver. U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week, reflecting the stock market decline and rush by investors to Treasury notes. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday, Dec. 20, that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell slightly to 4.62 percent from to 4.63 percent last week.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File )
December 20, 2018 - 12:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week, reflecting the stock market decline and rush by investors to Treasury notes. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell slightly to 4.62 percent from to 4.63...
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2018, file photo, a construction crane is perched on the site of Court Square City View Tower adjacent to the Court Square Number 7 subway station in Long Island City in the Queens borough of New York. U.S. developers broke ground on more homes for November, but the increase occurred entirely in apartments. The construction of new single-family houses fell. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 18, 2018 - 8:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. developers broke ground on more homes last month, but the increase occurred entirely in apartments. The construction of new single-family houses fell. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts rose 3.2 percent in November from the previous month to a seasonally...
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In this Dec. 13, 2018, photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. A real estate investment firm founded by Kushner is betting big on the Trump administration’s Opportunity Zone tax breaks. But it’s not that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the program seeks to revitalize. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
December 16, 2018 - 2:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A real estate investment firm co-founded by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is betting big on the administration's Opportunity Zone tax breaks but isn't that interested in steering its investors to the poorest, most-downtrodden areas that the...
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In this Nov. 20, 2018 photo, Joseph Soldwedel, the publisher of the Prescott Daily Courier, poses for a photo in Phoenix. Soldwedel, the owner of a chain of small Arizona newspapers, and his wife Felice are locked in a nasty divorce dispute that includes allegations of poisoning. (AP Photo/Matt York)
December 13, 2018 - 8:00 pm
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An award-winning Arizona newspaper publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga. Joseph Soldwedel has accused wife Felice Soldwedel in a lawsuit of trying to kill him by poisoning him, and detailed...
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FILE- In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo a realtor sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Dec. 13, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
December 13, 2018 - 10:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week to their lowest level in three months, an inducement to prospective homebuyers in a haltingly recovering market. Continued steep declines in the stock market pushed home borrowing rates lower, although they remain much higher than a...
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December 13, 2018 - 3:57 am
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court has ruled that a fee all German households have to pay to finance the country's public broadcasters complies with EU law. The European Court of Justice decided Thursday the system, which allows broadcasters to enforce collection, doesn't constitute...
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In this Nov. 28, 2018, photo, a realtor sign hangs in front of a home for sale in Pittsburgh. On Thursday, Nov. 29, Freddie Mac reports on the week's average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
December 06, 2018 - 10:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week amid a steep decline in stock prices. Continued slides in the stock market and tumbling oil prices have been pushing mortgage rates lower, although home borrowing rates remain much higher than a year ago. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says...
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This July 14, 2018 file photo shows workers at the FanDuel sports book at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J., preparing to take bets moments before it opened. FanDuel on Nov. 30 paid off on bets customers made on Alabama to win the national college football championship a month before the game is played. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
November 30, 2018 - 7:48 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Roll in dough, Tide! FanDuel sportsbook is paying out bets from people who picked Alabama to win the college football national championship — over a month before the game will be played. The company announced Friday night it is treating the top-ranked Crimson Tide as the...
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The Capitol is seen early morning in Washington, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
November 30, 2018 - 6:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are unveiling their first bill for the new Congress, a good-government package to limit big money in politics, make it easier for citizens to vote and require presidents to disclose their tax returns. The legislation, called H.R. 1, sets the tone for Democrats as...
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