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Thousands of home sales depend on tax credit extension

June 17th, 2010 3:59 am by Staff and wire report

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate on Wednesday approved a plan to give homebuyers an extra three months to finish qualifying for federal tax incentives that boosted home sales this spring.The move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would give buyers until Sep

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Home builders losing confidence in housing market

June 16th, 2010 4:58 am by Associated Press

WASHINGTON Home builders are losing confidence in the U.S. housing market now that government incentives that spurred home sales have ended.The National Association of Home Builders said Tuesday its housing market index fell to 17 in June, sinking five p

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Starbucks: Free Wi-Fi at 6,700 US sites

June 15th, 2010 4:57 am by Associated Press

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Report: US find vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, perhaps enough to transform that nation

June 14th, 2010 4:13 am by Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A team of U.S. geologists and Pentagon officials has discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, conceivably enough to turn the scarred and impoverished country into one of the world's most lucrative mining centers, The New York Time

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Report: Employers who offer health coverage to see 9 percent jump in medical costs in 2011

June 14th, 2010 4:12 am by Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report.For the first time

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New rules for Wall Street must clear final hurdles

June 13th, 2010 10:37 pm by Associated Press

WASHINGTON They are the sticking points that would gum up the Wall Street overhaul. From big banks' exotic trades to the plastic in people's wallets, it only take a few of the most contentious issues to upend a careful political equilibrium as lawmaker

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Tri-Cities Regional Airport looking for boost in business

June 12th, 2010 6:49 pm by Hank Hayes

BLOUNTVILLE Attention, air travelers. If you use Tri-Cities Regional Airport for air service, the airline industry's negative economic effect on the airport may have hit bottom, and a turnaround may be coming.

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