• New Mexico studies inefficiencies in aid dispersal to poor

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for New Mexico recipients of food aid and Medicaid health care urged state lawmakers on Friday to keep tabs on wasteful bureaucratic problems that they say cause aid beneficiaries to submit applications repeatedly and unnecessarily.

    Updated: 4:01 pm

  • This Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. Stock markets around the world are ending the week on a flat note after the Bank of Japan disappointed investors Friday, July 29, 2016, with a smaller than anticipated stimulus. However, the yen surged following Friday's decision. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

    Stocks fall after Bank of Japan’s stimulus plans disappoint

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended slightly higher on Friday, helped by better-than-expected quarterly results from Google’s parent Alphabet and retailer Amazon and a modest recovery in oil prices.

    Updated: 2:42 pm

  • Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Cummings: Protesters during DNC speech were ‘disrespectful’

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings says he thinks liberal supporters of Bernie Sanders who chanted an anti-trade slogan during his speech to the Democratic National Convention were “disrespectful.”

  • In this August 2014 photo provided by Judy Griesedieck, artist Ellen Griesedieck works on a portion of a giant mural in her studio in Sharon, Conn. Ellen Griesedieck and the 15-year American Mural Project received approval of a $1 million matching grant from the Connecticut State Bond Commission that allows them to finally seek bids to renovate two old mill buildings in Winsted to contain a visitors' center, artist workshop space and a gallery to display a 120-foot-long, five-story-high and 10-foot-deep mural that honors American workers. It is expected to be the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world. (Judy Griesedieck via AP)

    Dream of 3-D mural honoring American workers nearer reality

    WINSTED, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut artist’s dream to honor American workers with a 5-stories-high mural that ties in contributions from thousands of children across the country is moving closer to reality.

  • In this March 26, 2015, file photo, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray speaks during a panel discussion in Richmond, Va. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a massive overhaul of the multibillion dollar debt-collection industry. The changes released Thursday, July 28, 2016, would restrict collectors from calling numerous times a day, require them to more substantially prove a debt is valid, and give people more ability to dispute their bills. The CFPB is also proposing a 30-day waiting period on collection attempts for loans tied to a person who has recently died. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

    Debt-collection proposals: Fewer calls, easier to dispute

    NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers could no longer receive multiple calls per day from debt collectors and would have more ability to dispute their bills under proposals released Thursday to overhaul the multibillion-dollar debt collection industry.

  • 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)

    Fed keeps key interest rate steady but sees fewer risks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that near-term risks to the U.S. economy have diminished, reviving the prospect that it will resume raising interest rates as soon as September.

  • In this June 14, 2011 file photo, various prescription drugs on the automated pharmacy assembly line at Medco Health Solutions in Willingboro, N.J. A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show. The cost of Medicare’s “catastrophic” prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.3 billion in 2015, according to the program’s number-crunching Office of the Actuary.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Senator: Is Medicare drug plan vulnerable to exploitation?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior senator is examining whether Medicare’s prescription drug benefit is vulnerable to manipulation by pharmaceutical companies that set very high prices for medications.

  • 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.

  • The Latest: New Mexico governor may reconvene Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a state budget crunch in New Mexico linked to low energy prices (all times local):

  • New Mexico lawmaker eyes ‘right to die’ bill amid court loss

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state lawmaker is pushing for a law to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with help from doctors a month after advocates for the practice suffered a court defeat.