• 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.

  • Zimbabwe calls veterans’ statement on Mugabe traitorous

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s government says a surprise statement by the country’s independence war veterans attacking President Robert Mugabe is traitorous and treasonous.

  • New Mexico’s June unemployment rate unchanged at 6.2 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained a 6.2 percent in June, unchanged from May and down from 6.6 percent a year earlier.

  • 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)

    With Charlotte out, New Orleans favorite for NBA All-Star

    NEW YORK (AP) — 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 the festivities would bring to the local economy.

  • Greg Rowe, left, and Vincent Napolitano, bottom, with Livermore Trading Group, monitor stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    US stock indexes inch higher in another listless day

    NEW YORK (AP) — Another day, another lazy drift higher for stocks and another record high.

  • People walk past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Asian shares were higher Thursday as Japan's benchmark rose on hopes of Japanese government stimulus spending and better-than-expected earnings lifted Wall Street. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Asian shares down as central banks wait and see

    LONDON (AP) — Stock markets turned higher on Friday after surveys suggested the eurozone economy is proving resilient to the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s Brexit vote. A big drop in business activity in the U.K. raised expectations of more central bank stimulus there.

  • Fund manager Q&A: What to expect from your bond fund

    NEW YORK (AP) — How many more times can bond funds ride to the rescue when stocks go on another one of their tumbles?

  • Still-low mortgage rates ushering new refi wave

    The last time Mark McCollam refinanced the loan on his three-bedroom house in Los Angeles, he figured mortgage rates would only head higher from there. He was wrong. Not that he’s complaining.

  • This Monday, July 15, 2013, file photo shows the American flag and Wall Street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange. European stocks were down slightly on Thursday, July 21, 2016, despite gains in Asia, after the European Central Bank left its interest rates on hold as it monitors the impact of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    US stock indexes listless, remain close to record levels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Asian shares fell Friday as expectations of further stimulus following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union were tempered by the European Central Bank’s decision to keep its monetary policy intact. Comments by the Bank of Japan governor ruling out “helicopter money” for the tepid economy also cast a chill.

  • People walk past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Asian shares were higher Thursday as Japan's benchmark rose on hopes of Japanese government stimulus spending and better-than-expected earnings lifted Wall Street. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Asians stocks mostly higher as Japan leads on stimulus hopes

    TOKYO (AP) — European stocks were down slightly on Thursday, despite gains in Asian, after the European Central Bank left its interest rates on hold as it monitors the impact of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.