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    ___ Tax package would ease hit to residents of high-tax states WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are speeding toward an agreement on a massive tax package that would ease the hit on residents of high-tax states and appease corporations that could have lost precious tax breaks. Two congressional aides said negotiators were working to expand […]
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    How major US stock indexes fared on Tuesday

    Banks led U.S. stocks mostly higher Tuesday, bringing more records for the major indexes. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average closed at all-time highs for the second time this week. A slide in technology stocks pulled the Nasdaq lower. Small-company stocks also lagged. On Tuesday: The S&P 500 index […]
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    Boeing and Comcast rise while Casey’s and Edison stumble

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday: Boeing Co., up $6.78 to $289.94 The aerospace company raised its dividend and said it will buy back $18 billion in stock. Casey’s General Stores Inc., down $14.07 to $107.18 The discount retailer’s fiscal second-quarter profit fell short of estimates. Urban Outfitters Inc., […]
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    House and Senate tax bills treat disaster victims unequally

    If the House Republican tax bill became law, victims of hurricanes in Texas and Florida who’ve yet to account for all their losses could deduct them on their 2018 taxes. Not so for victims of the California wildfires. If the Senate version prevailed, victims of all federally declared disasters — a category that cover victims […]
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    US budget deficit totals $138.5 billion in November

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government collected a record amount of tax income for the month of November and also had a record level of spending for the month, producing a budget deficit of $138.5 billion, up slightly from a year ago. The November deficit was 1.4 percent higher than a year ago, reflecting in […]
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    Hawaiian, Delta lead on-time rankings, Virgin America last

    Here are the government’s rankings of the leading U.S. airlines and their on-time performance for October. The federal government counts a flight as on time if it arrives no more than 14 minutes behind schedule. 1. Hawaiian Airlines, 89.5 percent 2. Delta Air Lines 89.4 percent 3. Spirit Airlines, 87.1 percent 4. Alaska Airlines, 86.0 […]
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    Sans hurricanes, air travel more predictable in October

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Air travel was comparatively hassle-free in October compared with the previous month, when a pair of hurricanes wreaked havoc on airline schedules. Hawaiian and Delta were tops for on-time arrivals, while Virgin America lagged. The Transportation Department said Tuesday that 84.8 percent of flights on the biggest 12 carriers arrived on time […]
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    Exxon says it will increase climate-change disclosures

    DALLAS (AP) — Exxon says it will give more details about how climate change could affect its business. The oil giant said in a brief regulatory filing Monday that in the near future — it didn’t give a date — it will disclose potential changes in demand and implications of policies designed to limit global […]
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    US stock indexes close mostly up; New highs for S&P 500, Dow

    Big-name companies notched gains on Wall Street Tuesday, delivering more records for two of the major stock indexes. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the Dow Jones industrial average finished at all-time highs for the second day this week, while a slide in technology stocks pulled the Nasdaq lower. Small-company stocks also lagged. Banks […]
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    First time dealing with credit card fraud? You got this

    When Amanda Abella was 23, her wallet was stolen from her purse while she was at work. Before she realized it was missing, she began receiving texts from her bank about unusual account activity. It was the first time she had experienced fraud on her debit and credit cards. Resolving fraudulent transactions on her debit […]