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Stories with subject: Economic policy
  • Group says IRS ruling could promote community solar projects 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 6:50 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - A Vermont man who bought 10 solar panels as part of a jointly owned solar power project is poised to get 30 percent of his cost added to his income tax refund after the Internal Revenue Service ruled he could take the same tax credit used by some of the people who put solar panels on their roofs.

  • Report says ending ban wouldn't hurt consumers at pump 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:30 pm

    WASHINGTON - Ending the four-decades old restrictions on crude oil exports wouldn't hurt consumers at the gasoline pump, and may even help them, a new government report said Tuesday.

  • US stocks plunge after bleak Chinese manufacturing report story has photos
    Updated: Sep-01-15 4:39 pm

    NEW YORK - Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

  • Wobbly euro economy may get bigger push from central bank story has photos
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:28 am

    FRANKFURT, Germany - When is a trillion euros not enough? Could be soon, in Europe's shaky economy.

  • Business interests donate $2.1 million for Pence travel 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 8:34 pm

    INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence's travel at home and abroad to promote Indiana as a haven for business has been paid for by a collection of powerful interests that also stand to benefit from having close ties with the Republican governor.

  • Correction: The Month Ahead story 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 12:35 pm

    In a story Aug. 28, about upcoming events, The Associated Press reported erroneously the dates of business events expected in the first week in September.

  • Economy boosts Portuguese government's re-election bid 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 7:04 am

    LISBON, Portugal - Economic news is continuing to give heart to Portugal's center-right government as it aims for re-election in October.

  • Fed Vice Chair Fischer keeps open possibility of Sept. hike story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 4:33 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer left the door open Saturday for a Fed rate increase in September, saying the factors that have kept inflation below the central bank's target level have likely begun to fade.

  • Wyoming Ethanol to suspend operations 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 1:17 pm

    TORRINGTON, Wyoming - The only ethanol plant in Wyoming will shut down because it can't compete with lower gasoline prices, an official says.

  • Experts say tough talk on China overlooks economic realities 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 3:17 am

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it. Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation.

  • Advocacy group's CEO sees new issues with Kansas welfare law 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:50 pm

    TOPEKA, Kansas - Parts of Kansas' new welfare law appear to conflict with federal rules for state child care programs, potentially jeopardizing more than $40 million a year in federal funds, an advocacy group's leader said Thursday.

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Chairman promises review of unspent charity story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 7:07 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Nearly $10 million in charitable donations by California taxpayers sat unspent in government accounts at the end of last year, The Associated Press has found, and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee chairman said Thursday that he wants a review of state accounts and will hold a hearing to find out why the money hasn't been spent.

  • The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 6:49 pm

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

  • Budget expert leaves Illinois without state spending plan 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 2:03 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The contract of a budget expert tapped by Gov. Bruce Rauner is set to expire without a state budget in place.

  • Philippine economy grew 5.6 pct in the second quarter 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 3:13 am

    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine economy grew by 5.6 percent in the second quarter from a year ago, slightly below the government's target, officials said Thursday.

  • Report: Solyndra misrepresented facts to get loan guarantee 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 6:31 pm

    WASHINGTON - A four-year investigation has concluded that officials of the solar company Solyndra misrepresented facts and omitted key information in their efforts to get a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government.

  • Fed official says September rate hike 'less compelling' 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - The head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank said Wednesday he's less inclined to support a Fed rate hike in September amid recent global turmoil, including falling oil prices and a slowdown in China.

  • China's Xi staying the course despite sliding economy story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 9:22 am

    BEIJING - What does China's leadership lose politically as a result of the country's precipitous stock market decline? A bit of international swagger, but probably not much else - for now.

  • Beijing appears to wind down share-buying - now what? story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 8:25 pm

    BEIJING - China's leaders are winding down a strategy of trying to push up slumping stock prices by spending billions of dollars to buy shares.

  • The Latest: Dow fell more than 600 points from day's peak story has photos
    Updated: Aug-25-15 5:13 pm

    NEW YORK - The latest on the global financial market turmoil (all times local):

  • China cuts interest rates again to spur economic growth 
    Updated: Aug-25-15 10:22 am

    BEIJING - China cut interest rates for a fifth time in nine months Tuesday in a new effort to shore up slowing economic growth, and its top economic official tried to dispel fears its yuan might fall further in value.

  • Huckabee criticizes China, trade deals after market drop 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 10:40 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee accused China on Monday of reneging on trade deals and continued his push for a national sales tax after stocks tumbled from a widespread sell-off.

  • State cuts rebates for rich on hybrid, electric cars 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 7:50 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - State lawmakers and air quality officials are cutting back rebates on hybrids and electric cars because hundreds of Californians claim it is a subsidy for the rich who make over $500,000 a year.

  • Fed Up group plans counter Jackson Hole conference 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 5:30 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen may be skipping this year's annual gathering of central bank policymakers in Wyoming, but a group of demonstrators will be making their second appearance at the elite gathering. And this year they will be conducting their own teach-in aimed at convincing the Fed that it should not be raising interest rates at its September meeting.

  • Survey: Most economists say Fed will raise rates in 2015 
    Updated: Aug-24-15 2:49 pm

    NEW YORK - The vast majority of business economists expect the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates before the end of the year, according to a survey released Monday.