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A record low on average 30-year fixed mortgage: 3.29%

A record low on average 30-year fixed mortgage: 3.29%

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates have sunk to a record low, giving many homeowners an opening to refinance their loans to free up money to spend or save. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage hit a record low of 3.29% this week from 3.
Virus ripples through travel, energy, financial markets

Virus ripples through travel, energy, financial markets

The economic affects of the coronavirus have preceded the spread of the virus itself, with financial markets swinging wildly, companies closing offices or asking employees work from home in affected areas, and throttling air travel across the globe.
Virus fears grip markets again; stocks and bond yields slide

Virus fears grip markets again; stocks and bond yields slide

NEW YORK — Fear dominated financial markets again on Thursday, and stocks fell sharply on worries about the fast-spreading virus outbreak. It's the latest shudder in Wall Street's most volatile week in more than eight years. Major U.S.
Review: 'First Cow,' a western fable of unpasteurized poetry

Review: 'First Cow,' a western fable of unpasteurized poetry

The American West is about as well-trod territory as there is in movies, but Kelly Reichardt keeps unearthing new treasures. Her latest excavation, “First Cow,” is her most sublime yet.
Winfrey reversed upcoming book selection after controversy

Winfrey reversed upcoming book selection after controversy

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey reversed her book club selection of Kate Elizabeth Russell’s upcoming “My Dark Vanessa” after the novel was briefly the subject of online controversy, a spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
'Simple greed': Ex-UAW leader Jones charged with corruption

'Simple greed': Ex-UAW leader Jones charged with corruption

DETROIT — Prosecutors on Thursday charged the former president of the United Auto Workers with corruption, alleging he plotted with others to embezzle more than $1 million to splurge on private villas, golf outings, boozy meals and horseback rides on
Warren ends presidential campaign, centring race on 2 men

Warren ends presidential campaign, centring race on 2 men

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren ended her once-promising presidential campaign on Thursday after failing to finish higher than third place in any of the 18 states that have voted so far.
Bethlehem's storied Nativity Church closes amid virus fears

Bethlehem's storied Nativity Church closes amid virus fears

BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territory — Palestinian officials on Thursday closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem indefinitely over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season.

North Carolina woman goes to jail for 100th birthday

ROXBORO, N.C. — For her 100th birthday, Ruth Bryant crossed a significant item off her bucket list. She went to jail.
R. Kelly pleads not guilty; feds say new charges planned

R. Kelly pleads not guilty; feds say new charges planned

CHICAGO — R&B singer R.