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Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

Fewer people signed contracts to buy US homes in March

WASHINGTON — Fewer consumers signed contracts to buy U.S. homes last month as the spring buying season revs up with stiff competition for homes amid lagging inventory.

Leaving money to a secret beneficiary is very, very tricky, experts warn

TORONTO — When it comes to requests to have inheritance money left discreetly, Toronto estate lawyer Ed Olkovich says it's typically not the racy stuff most people might expect, such as funds for a secret lover or a child out of wedlock.
European Central Bank says economy is 'increasingly solid'

European Central Bank says economy is 'increasingly solid'

FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank kept its stimulus program and interest rates unchanged Thursday even though it conceded that the economy of the 19-country eurozone is becoming stronger.
United to offer bumped flyers up to $10,000 after video flap

United to offer bumped flyers up to $10,000 after video flap

DALLAS — United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragge
Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

NEW YORK — One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions — or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks.
Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters.
ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle

ESPN laying off 100 broadcasters, writers as viewers dwindle

NEW YORK — ESPN is laying off about 100 employees, including former athletes-turned-broadcasters Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore and Danny Kanell, in a purge designed to focus the sports network on a more digital future.
UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

UAE's first solar-powered gas station opens in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A government oil company in the United Arab Emirates says it has opened the country's first solar-powered gas station in Dubai.
White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executi
The Latest: Trump says he won't pull US out of NAFTA

The Latest: Trump says he won't pull US out of NAFTA

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the North American Free Trade Agreement (all times EDT): 10:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.