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

Acosta defends Trump plan to cut number of Labor watchdogs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is defending President Donald Trump's budget proposal to overhaul the way the government investigates workplace discrimination. Trump's plan for the Labor Department is part of what his critics say is a government-wide swipe at decades of civil rights protections.

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  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN , Associated Press