Associated Press news.

One of the tightest housing markets awaits California wildfire victims

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — As firefighters gain on wildfires burning in Northern California’s wine country, the many thousands who lost their houses, condos and apartments in those fires will have to find a new place to live in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation. In San Francisco, an average one-bedroom apartment rents [...]

By | 2017-10-18T14:39:33+00:00 Friday, October 20, 2017|

Talk of ‘no deal’ Brexit rises as divorce negotiations linger on

LONDON — As Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union stutter and stall, one question looms larger and larger: What if there is no deal? It’s an increasingly plausible prospect that stirs fear in many U.K. politicians and businesses — and hope in the hearts of staunch Brexit supporters. Divorce talks have limped through [...]

By | 2017-10-18T14:36:36+00:00 Friday, October 20, 2017|

Home construction tumbled 4.7% in September, biggest drop in six months

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell 4.7 percent in September, the biggest decline in six months, reflecting weakness in both single-family activity and apartment building. The September result left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.13 million units, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the sharpest decline since a 7.7 [...]

By | 2017-10-18T14:35:02+00:00 Friday, October 20, 2017|

Ohio leaders want to deliver on Amazon HQ bids

CINCINNATI — From hurricane-free weather to cool new brew houses, Ohio leaders are promising Amazon they can deliver what the e-commerce giant would like for its second headquarters. Sales points highlight affordable housing in trendy neighborhoods and safety from natural calamity as the state and its major cities vie with competitors from across the country [...]

By | 2017-10-18T14:37:59+00:00 Friday, October 20, 2017|

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

BOSTON (AP) — A new study inspired by Boston’s early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl. The report, released Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum, is a mostly optimistic take [...]

By | 2017-10-20T07:48:29+00:00 Thursday, October 19, 2017|

Cochran’s illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

WASHINGTON — Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority as they try pushing a partisan agenda through the Senate are running smack into another complication — the sheer age and health issues of some senators. When the office of the ailing Sen. Thad Cochran announced this week that it was the Mississippi Republican’s “intention to [...]

By | 2017-10-20T07:48:48+00:00 Thursday, October 19, 2017|

Exact cause of fatal Honolulu high-rise fire remains mystery

HONOLULU — Honolulu investigators can’t determine the cause of a deadly high-rise apartment building fire that resulted in more than $107 million in damage, fire officials said. “The HFD fire investigators have completed an extensive and scientifically based investigation in full collaboration with other agencies and have classified the fire cause as undetermined,” Fire Chief [...]

By | 2017-10-20T07:50:54+00:00 Thursday, October 19, 2017|

Californians brace for emotional toll from destructive wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional damage. “It’s never going to be the same,” said Rob Brown, a supervisor in Mendocino County, where all [...]

By | 2017-10-20T07:51:29+00:00 Thursday, October 19, 2017|

US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe

LONDON — Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life. But the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple are increasingly facing an uncomfortable truth: it is Europe’s culture of tougher oversight of companies, not America’s laissez-faire attitude, which could [...]

By | 2017-10-20T10:05:59+00:00 Thursday, October 19, 2017|