• In this Thursday, May 19, 2016, photo, passers-by walk near the construction site a high-rise building in Boston. On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Commerce Department issues the first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the April-June quarter. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    US GDP grows a weak 1.2 percent in second quarter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly lackluster economy last quarter served as a reminder of how choppy the pace of growth has been since the Great Recession ended seven years ago. Businesses pared their stockpiling and investment through the spring. But consumers — the heart of the U.S. economy — kept spending.

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  • Former DNC chairman predicts new Clinton focus on economy

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former chairman of the Democratic National Committee expects the Hillary Clinton campaign to pivot toward economic issues of employment and income inequality in the final hours of the national convention and coming weeks.

  • In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing on U.S. monetary policy. The Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement Wednesday, July 27, after wrapping up a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    As Fed ends meeting, few expect much clarity on next hike

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With consumers spending and employers hiring more freely, the U.S. economy has fared better of late. But when the Federal Reserve ends its latest policy meeting Wednesday, most analysts think it will signal that it wants to see further gains before raising interest rates again.

  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The league took the 2017 game out of Charlotte on Thursday, July 21, 2016,  because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars they would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, with one official familiar with the discussions telling The Associated Press that the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Blame game follows NBA’s removal of Charlotte All-Star game

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.