Home values point to a sharp wealth divide within US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from "Cheers" — to live as neighbors.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Volkswagen cutting investments, to present US engine fixes

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen will cut its spending by 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) next year and "strictly prioritize" investments as it shores up its finances to deal with its emissions-rigging scandal, CEO Matthias Mueller said Friday after a board meeting.

  • Written by DAVID RISING, Associated Press DONOGH McCABE, Associated Press

Retailers, tech lift US stocks at the end of a strong week


NEW YORK (AP) — Big gains by retailers and technology companies are boosting stocks in afternoon trading Friday as the market heads for one of its best weeks of 2015. Nike climbed after saying it will raise its dividend and buy back $12 billion in stock.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Mom-to-be labors over college exam just before giving birth


MACON, Ga. (AP) — Not even labor pains could keep Tommitrise Collins from completing a college exam, and a photo of her working on the online test from her hospital bed made her a social media sensation.