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U.S. budget deficit hits highest level in 6 years

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six...

Farmer confidence dropped in September

By JAMES MINTERT and MICHAEL LANGEMEIER Purdue University The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer fell to a reading of 114 in September, fifteen points below...

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering...

20/20 breaks ground on its plant expansion project

An unexpected stroke of good fortune for Bluffton, means the ...

Tech stock rally helps snap losing streak

By MARLEY JAY AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rebounded Friday, clawing back some of the week’s steep losses, but the turbulent trading of...

Social Security checks for 2019 increases as inflation rises

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in benefits...

Donnelly family business uses import practice he criticizes

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In the high-stakes battle for a pivotal Indiana Senate seat, Democrat Joe Donnelly has repeatedly attacked his opponent,...

IMF downgrades world economy outlook

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is downgrading its outlook for the world economy, citing rising interest rates and growing tensions over trade. The...

Californians weigh making egg-laying hens cage-free by 2022

By JOCELYN GECKER Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters are right to think they already weighed in on how big cages should be for...

2 Americans share economics prize

By DAVID KEYTON and JIM HEINTZ Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Two American researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize for economics for studying the interplay of...