Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 3.89 percent


WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, as the benchmark 30-year rate declined for the fourth straight week to its lowest level in nearly seven months.


Kansas legislators abandon Brownback's tax experiment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have repudiated the tax-cutting experiment that brought Gov. Sam Brownback national attention, with even fellow Republicans voting to override his veto of a plan reversing many of the income tax reductions he championed in recent years as a way to fix the cash-strapped state's budget.


  • Written by JOHN HANNA , AP Political Writer

Alleged Russian hack reveals a deeply flawed election system

HOUSTON (AP) — Security experts have long contended that the highly decentralized, often ramshackle U.S. election system is its own best defense against trickery or sabotage . New evidence from a leaked intelligence document suggests that foreign adversaries are exploring ways to attack it anyway.

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  • Written by FRANK BAJAK and RAPHAEL SATTER , Associated Press

Trump administration waives ex-lobbyists into government


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agencies under President Donald Trump have agreed to roughly a dozen ethics waivers for ex-lobbyists and others who'd privately worked on the same issues they're now handling in government.

  • Written by JULIE BYKOWICZ , Associated Press