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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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PNC paying $35M to resolve loan claims (access required)

WASHINGTON  — PNC Financial Services Group is paying $35 million to resolve government claims of discrimination in residential loans against a Cleveland-based bank that PNC bought in 2009. The agreement announced Monday by the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial ...

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