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BATON ROUGE, La | Louisiana elections chief quits amid sexual misconduct claim

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With calls for his resignation increasing, Louisiana’s secretary of state announced Tuesday that he is leaving his position as state elections chief amid allegations he sexually harassed one of his employees. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said in a letter to the governor that he will be stepping down May … Continue reading BATON ROUGE, La | Louisiana elections chief quits amid sexual misconduct claim

WASHINGTON | US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers’ prospects amid the spring buying season. It was the third straight week of increases for long-term mortgage rates. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on 30-year, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct.

European car sales at highest level in 10 years

MILAN/January 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Car sales in Europe topped the 15-million mark for the first time in a decade in 2017, the fourth straight year of higher registrations, the association of European carmakers said Wednesday. Registrations of new cars were up 3.4 percent from 14.6 million in 2016, said the association, ACEA. That brings sales to … Continue reading European car sales at highest level in 10 years

2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — A jump in traffic fatalities last year pushed deaths on U.S. roads to their highest level in nearly a decade, erasing improvements made during the Great Recession and economic recovery, a leading safety organization said Wednesday. Fatalities rose 6 percent in 2016, reaching an estimated 40,200 deaths compared to 37,757 deaths the … Continue reading 2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade