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WASHINGTON | Trump: Mattis out as of Jan. 1; deputy to be acting chief

WASHINGTON  — Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis‘ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a tense relationship that had been eroding in recent months. In a series of tweets, Trump appeared to questions why … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: Mattis out as of Jan. 1; deputy to be acting chief

NEW YORK | US and European stocks sink again as health companies fall

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are down again Monday and the S&P 500 is trading near its lowest levels this year as health care stocks stumble.  Health insurers and hospitals are falling after a judge in Texas ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Retailers and technology companies are also sinking. KEEPING SCORE: … Continue reading NEW YORK | US and European stocks sink again as health companies fall

NEW YORK | Wild ride to nowhere: US stocks rise, fall and repeat

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks careened between big gains and modest losses on Tuesday before indexes ended the day mixed, the latest dizzying run for a market that’s been dominated by them in recent months. A morning burst driven by hopes for U.S.-China trade talks gave way to losses triggered by falling bank stocks and … Continue reading NEW YORK | Wild ride to nowhere: US stocks rise, fall and repeat

Technology companies lead slide in US stocks; Oil rising

U.S. stocks fell in morning trading Friday, adding to modest losses from a day earlier. Losses in technology and health care stocks outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. Energy companies led the gainers as crude oil prices rose on news that OPEC members will elect to cut production. The government said job growth in November … Continue reading Technology companies lead slide in US stocks; Oil rising

WASHINGTON | US hiring slowed to 155K jobs, jobless rate stayed 3.7%

WASHINGTON  — U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in November, a slowdown from recent months but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding at a solid pace despite sharp gyrations in the stock market. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained 3.7%, nearly a five-decade low, for the third straight month. Average … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US hiring slowed to 155K jobs, jobless rate stayed 3.7%

VIENNA | OPEC ministers, Russia, meeting for oil production cut talks

VIENNA  — OPEC countries are mulling a possible cut to oil production in an attempt to stabilize prices as they meet for a second straight day. Heavyweight Saudi Arabia has been pushing a cut of about 1 million barrels a day, but the oil cartel was not able to make a decision on Thursday. Analysts … Continue reading VIENNA | OPEC ministers, Russia, meeting for oil production cut talks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | Bankruptcy filing provides rare window into diocese finances

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico’s largest Catholic diocese has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent months on lawyers to fight claims of clergy sex abuse and to prepare for a potentially lengthy battle in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s petition for reorganization provides a rare look into the finances of a … Continue reading ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | Bankruptcy filing provides rare window into diocese finances

WASHINGTON | The Latest: George HW Bush’s remains arrive for ceremony

WASHINGTON— The Latest on events related to late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 11:45 a.m. George H.W. Bush’s remains have made the journey from a Houston funeral home to Ellington Field, where a presidential aircraft will carry them to Washington for a state funeral. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, one of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: George HW Bush’s remains arrive for ceremony