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Berkshire Hathaway owns 31 pct of wallboard maker (access required)

OMAHA, Neb.  — Warren Buffett’s company now owns nearly 31 percent of the world’s largest manufacturer of wallboard, USG Corp. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed an update with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday showing that it now owns 43.4 ...

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Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels (access required)

NEW YORK — The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people’s pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a ...

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AP Factcheck: Many pay more under new NC tax laws (access required)

RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory and his Republican allies at the North Carolina legislature have hammered home a simple message about the tax reform package they passed into law this year: Taxpayers will soon be able to keep more of their hard-earned money ...

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Average US 30-year mortgage rises to 4.48 percent (access required)

WASHINGTON  — Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages crept higher this week but remained low by historical standards. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30-year loan increased to 4.48 percent from 4.47 percent last week. ...

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