US home sales tumbled 3.6 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales slid 3.6 percent in December, as rising prices and a declining number of available properties stifled purchases.

  • Written by By JOSH BOAK , AP Economics Writer

AP FACT CHECK: Walker State of State claims take rosy view

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State speech put a positive spin on his seven-year record and new proposals as he seeks re-election in November. But many of the facts, figures and statements bear a closer examination.

  • Written by By SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press

Google parent tops big spenders on Washington lobbyists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before legislators probing Russian influence in the 2016 election.