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  • Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending fell for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Income rose, reflecting strong job gains during the month. Consumer spending declined 0.2 percent in…

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn’t hurt the country’s tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor…

  • What to buy and what to skip in March

    March is finally here. Soon enough, spring will have officially sprung. Descendents of the Emerald Isle will have recovered from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and frugal shoppers will have scored serious savings by buying the…

  • Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January, second monthly decline, while income up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January, second monthly decline, while income up.

  • Review: Maggie Barbieri’s ‘Lies That Bind’ lacks impact

    “Lies That Blind” (Minotaur Books), by Maggie Barbieri Family relationships can be complicated, tangled up with love, loyalty and support in the best situations and, in the worst cases, hostility, resentment and revenge. While secrets…

  • First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall’s Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Different in style, world view, Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after WASHINGTON (AP) — This was never happily-ever-after waiting to happen. When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009,…

  • Small SUVs, pricey sports cars to dominate Geneva auto show

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much —…

  • Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn’t hurt the country’s tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor…

  • Samsung ditches plastic design, adds mobile pay in new phone

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal…

  • Q&A on Samsung’s new mobile pay: Here’s what’s we know

    NEW YORK (AP) — Last fall, Apple launched Apple Pay, bringing mobile-payment technology to the iPhone. Samsung now wants to get that on Android phones — at least the ones it makes. The Galaxy S6…

  • DC metro gas prices up 8 cents from last week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas prices in the D.C. metro area are up 8 cents from a week ago. In its weekly report, AAA said Sunday that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded…

  • AAA: Md. drivers paying $2.36 per gallon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Motorists in Maryland are paying 5 cents more at the pump when compared with a week ago. AAA Mid-Atlantic said Saturday in a weekly report that the average price of a gallon…

  • Small SUVs, pricey sports cars dominate at Geneva auto show

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Small SUVs for families and powerful sports cars for the rich are the big things at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Environmentally correct electrics and hybrids, not so much —…

  • Saving for a financial emergency

    WASHINGTON — How prepared are you for a financial emergency? A new Pew Charitable Trusts’ poll found that 57 percent of Americans are not prepared for a financial emergency. Furthermore, a third of those polled…