- Sweden cuts key interest rate to minus 0.50 percent Updated: Feb-11-16 4:39 am
STOCKHOLM - Sweden's central bank has decided to cut its key interest rate to a record low of minus 0.50 percent, saying the measure is necessary to safeguard the bank's target of increasing inflation, which was still "not on a firm footing."
- Congress likely to give final OK to local Internet tax ban Updated: Feb-11-16 3:43 am
WASHINGTON - State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise that Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama.
- Q&A: Assessing Yellen's concerns about economy and markets Updated: Feb-11-16 12:16 am
WASHINGTON - What's likely keeping Janet Yellen up at night?
- New Nebraska Medicaid bill reopens old divide in hearing Updated: Feb-10-16 8:58 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - The newest attempt to expand health care coverage with Medicaid dollars reopened an old divide Wednesday before a Nebraska legislative committee.
- Amid steady growth, warning signs loom for Oregon's economy Updated: Feb-10-16 4:50 pm
SALEM, Oregon - State economists say the upward trend in Oregon's economy and job market has stayed the course, but they warn growth may soon begin tapering as ongoing problems in the stock market, among other issues, could take a big chunk out of tax revenues starting next year.
- Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes Updated: Feb-10-16 4:36 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy's growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes.
- Obama to preach 'better politics' at testy Illinois Capitol Updated: Feb-10-16 9:25 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois state Capitol where President Barack Obama returns Wednesday with a plea for "better politics" is awash in an acidic partisan feud. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, Democratic legislative leaders led by longtime Speaker Michael Madigan and even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have engaged in sometimes uncomfortably personal attacks over the state budget mess, Chicago schools, the governor's appointments and more, taking finger-pointing to a new level.
- Pierre to seek permission to reopen air service bidding Updated: Feb-10-16 8:17 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - The city of Pierre plans to ask federal regulators to reopen the bidding process for airlines interested in serving South Dakota's capital city under the Essential Air Service subsidy program.
- UN experts: North Korea continues to evade UN sanctions Updated: Feb-09-16 11:49 pm
UNITED NATIONS - U.N. experts say North Korea is continuing to evade U.N. sanctions, using airlines, ships, and the international financial system to trade in prohibited items for its nuclear and ballistic missile programs raising important questions about the sanctions regime.
- Belligerence as strategy: Pyongyang and its provocations Updated: Feb-09-16 5:16 am
In Japan, the prime minister said North Korea would be committing a "grave, provocative act" if it followed through on plans to launch a long-range rocket. South Korea warned of "searing consequences" if the launch went ahead. Moscow and Washington, which rarely agree on much of anything these days, both denounced Pyongyang's plans. Even China, North Korea's closest ally, said it was worried.
- US responses to NKorea nuke, missile tests will upset China Updated: Feb-09-16 4:14 am
WASHINGTON - North Korean nuclear and rocket tests are drawing quick responses from the U.S. that will upset a supposed partner against Pyongyang's weapons development - China.
- Over $570M to be used for faster Internet in rural Wisconsin Updated: Feb-08-16 3:27 pm
MILWAUKEE - More than $570 million in government subsidies will be used to bring faster Internet service to rural Wisconsin.
- Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England Updated: Feb-07-16 9:08 am
BOSTON - Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region.
- Edwards officially calls special session on budget, taxes Updated: Feb-05-16 8:13 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. John Bel Edwards officially called Friday for lawmakers to convene Feb. 14 in a special legislative session aimed at stabilizing Louisiana's finances and closing an immediate budget gap estimated to top $700 million.
- AP FACT CHECK: Clinton, Sanders missteps Updated: Feb-05-16 3:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The latest Democratic debate found Hillary Clinton in a defensive crouch about her Wall Street ties and making iffy claims about that longtime relationship. Rival Bernie Sanders offered a fumbling account of a campaign ad that boasted of endorsements that were bogus.
- Anti-austerity Portuguese government gets EU's OK for budget Updated: Feb-05-16 1:09 pm
LISBON, Portugal - In a tug of war over budgets, the European Commission approved Portugal's so-called anti-austerity spending plan on Friday, but only after extracting a promise for almost $1 billion in additional cost cuts.
- US exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession Updated: Feb-05-16 9:30 am
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global trade six years ago.
- Why pensions are the new flashpoint in Greece's crisis Updated: Feb-05-16 8:59 am
ATHENS, Greece - Combine a rapidly aging population, a depleted work force and leaky finances and any country's pension system would be in trouble. For debt-hobbled, unemployment-plagued Greece, it's a nightmare.
- Missouri reaches $300 million trade deal with Peru Updated: Feb-04-16 6:48 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri and Peru have agreed to trade $300 million worth of products over the next four years.
- Bill introduced to prohibit gun bans in subsidized housing Updated: Feb-04-16 4:12 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The case of a disabled Mainer who shot an intruder last year has led to legislation that would prohibit gun bans in subsidized housing.
- Delaware's largest homeless veterans facility planned Updated: Feb-04-16 11:40 am
WILMINGTON, Delaware - A nonprofit group is targeting a long-vacant nursing home in Wilmington to be the state's largest facility dedicated to housing homeless veterans.
- US, 11 other countries sign free-trade deal in New Zealand Updated: Feb-03-16 8:14 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade.
- Trade ministers sign pact focused on Asia-Pacific region Updated: Feb-03-16 7:09 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is applauding the signing of an ambitious free trade agreement among 12 countries that he says would support jobs in the United States.
- Gov. Malloy warns Connecticut needs major budget changes Updated: Feb-03-16 3:32 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a somber warning to state lawmakers on Wednesday, cautioning that Connecticut's budget is not sustainable and that changes must be made to how the state crafts its budget to meet a "new economic reality" of shrinking revenues.
- Lawmakers begin 2016 session to familiar budget woes Updated: Feb-02-16 9:21 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama lawmakers began the 2016 legislative session on Groundhog Day with familiar budget woes that could spell funding cuts for many state agencies.