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After the fall: How to take advantage of lower rates

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — So much for those worries about rising interest rates. Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and 2018. ...

Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer President Donald Trump is expected to order U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal funding. White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies ...

Hopes shifting as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been calling the Russia probe a witch hunt for two years. But now, Trump and his allies are starting to see it as something potentially very different: a political opportunity. Though ...

In end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox Studio backlot, first built in 1926 on a Century City ranch in Los Angeles, was enormous. Before much of it was sold off in the 1960s, it was four times the size of its current, and still huge, 53 acres. Shirley Temple's bungalow still ...

NCAA can’t keep tournament games away from legal gambling

By BEN NUCKOLS AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — As the NCAA prepares for its first basketball championships since the Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting to expand, the body governing college sports remains opposed to gambling on its events. But it's not denying reality, ...

Heat records falling twice as often as cold ones, AP finds

By SETH BORENSTEIN and NICKY FORSTER Associated Press Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. The AP looked at 424 weather stations throughout ...

Arts and crafts see special counsel Robert Mueller as icon

By CLAIRE GALOFARO AP National Writer Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At ...

More evacuations in Midwest as floodwaters head downstream

By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been ...

Beto O’Rourke says he raised $6.1M online in 1st 24 hours

By DINO HAZELL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his White House bid, the highest first-day number reported by any candidate, his campaign said Monday. The ...

Warren embraces underdog role as she faces 2020 challenges

By STEVE PEOPLES, ELANA SCHOR and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent much of the last decade as a leader of the Democratic Party's liberal wing. But three and a half months into her presidential campaign, the Massachusetts senator is facing tough ...