More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in pay.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , AP Economics Writer

Obama's EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to preserve strict fuel-economy standards put in place by the Obama administration, making it difficult for the Trump administration to undo them.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER and MICHAEL BIESECKER , Associated Press

Kerry defends trade pact on last trip as top US diplomat

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry, making his last trip as the top U.S. diplomat, on Friday defended the 12-nation trade pact that the incoming administration said it would scrap and urged countries to refrain from provocative acts in the South China Sea.

  • Written by YVES DAM-VAN , Associated Press

Bush daughters welcome Obama's as 'former First Children'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush's daughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, have penned a letter of advice to President Barack Obama's daughters days before the Obama family officially moves out of the White House.