WASHINGTON | Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is “ridiculous” because funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump has promised is not included. Trump tweeted Thursday that he wants to know “where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

WASHINGTON | Buoyant stock market lifted US household wealth last quarter

WASHINGTON — Solid stock market returns lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, a culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent. The Federal Reserve says the value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $800 billion, while … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Buoyant stock market lifted US household wealth last quarter

WILMINGTON, N.C | Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Thursday that the dam containing Sutton Lake appears stable and they … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C | Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

Tennessee News: Texas Man, Eric Swarbrick Facing Federal Charges After Threatening Letters Sent to Taylor Swift’s Record Label

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 20, 2018 – A federal criminal complaint was issued yesterday charging Eric Swarbrick, 26, of Austin Texas, with interstate stalking and sending interstate communications with the intent to threaten, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. “Too often, we have seen the consequences of ignoring signs of … Continue reading Tennessee News: Texas Man, Eric Swarbrick Facing Federal Charges After Threatening Letters Sent to Taylor Swift’s Record Label

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Leader of Lawrence-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty to Heroin, Fentanyl Charges

BOSTON, Ms. – The leader of a Lawrence-based heroin and fentanyl drug trafficking organization pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with orchestrating a wide-ranging operation that distributed multiple kilos of fentanyl and cocaine to customers in Lawrence and surrounding areas – including New Hampshire and Maine. Juan Anibal Patrone, 28, a … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Leader of Lawrence-Based Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty to Heroin, Fentanyl Charges

WASHINGTON | Average US mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 4.65 percent

WASHINGTON — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fourth consecutive week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level since May. Costs for would-be homebuyers continue to climb. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 4.65 percent, from 4.60 percent last week. The … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Average US mortgage rates rise; 30-year at 4.65 percent

ISTANBUL | Turkey expects lower growth amid currency turmoil

ISTANBUL — Turkey expects lower economic growth in coming years amid concerns over inflation and a sliding currency. Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak presented the government’s economic plan Thursday, which estimates 2.3 percent growth in 2019 and 3.5 percent in 2020. The previous forecast was 5.5 percent for both years. Albayrak estimated inflation this … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey expects lower growth amid currency turmoil

SALZBURG, Austria | EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

SALZBURG, Austria — Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade. With Britain’s departure from the EU looming — March … Continue reading SALZBURG, Austria | EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms