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US housing starts fall, but still at lofty levels

Getty Images A worker carries lumber as he builds a new home on January 21, 2015 in Petaluma, California.

U.S. housing starts fell in January as ground breaking for single-family projects slipped off a 6-1/2-year peak, but stayed at levels consistent with a gradually improving housing market. 293 more words

Real Estate News

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Wall Street Journal: With Internet freedom safe for now, let’s embrace the values that make the Web work so well.

Congress did the world’s three billion Internet users a favor by blocking President Obama’s plan to end U.S. 72 more words

Politics

Orders for durable goods fell sharply in December

The U.S. government reported a surprise drop in new orders for manufactured goods in December, hurt by sharp declines for aircrafts and related parts and transportation equipment. 147 more words

Finance

Doggy Doo Quarter at JPMorgan Chase; No December Retail Magic; Carnitas Crisis at Chipotle

Dog poo days…

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, the biggest bank by assets, is not having a very good day, it seems. Mr. Dimon said the bank will “try to avoid stepping in dogs**t.” A highly technical term coming from the mouth of one Wall Street’s most powerful (and presumably, potty-mouthed) bankers. 489 more words

Americans Shopped Less In December, Bought More Furniture And Booze

If you tried to find a parking space at your local mall at any time last month, you might think that Americans were in a spectacular shopping frenzy. 171 more words

Stocks tumble again on bank earnings, global growth fear

It’s another dour day on Wall Street.

Stocks fell shortly after Wednesday’s opening bell, adding to recent declines, weighed down by worries over weak economies globally, pressure on commodities and… 309 more words

Finance