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U.S. Budget Deficit Rose 18.4 Percent in March

The federal government recorded a budget deficit of $208.7 billion in March, an increase of more than $32 billion from a year ago as revenues slipped and expenditures climbed. The Treasury Department reports that the February deficit was 18.4 percent…

Trump Administration Weighing Drug Testing for Food Stamps

The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require mandatory drug testing for some food stamp recipients. If adopted, the plan would give a win to conservatives seeking to cut the safety net program. An administration…

Delta Air Lines Says It Was Hit By Cyberattack

Delta Air Lines says customers' payment information may have been breached in a cyberattack last fall. The airline said Wednesday the incident involved (24)7.ai, a chat-services provider used by Delta and other companies. Delta says only "a small subset" of…

Airlines Post Better On-Time Record in Latest U.S. Report

U.S. airlines started the year showing a slight improvement in keeping flights on time. The Transportation Department said Thursday that 79.6 percent of flights in January arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, compared with 76 percent in the same month…

Lawsuits Accuse Automakers of Faulty Air Bags, Recall Delays

Three class actions filed Wednesday allege that General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes knew of problems with exploding Takata air bag inflators yet waited years to issue recalls. The lawsuits cite company documents obtained through previous lawsuits. The plaintiffs…

McDonald's Slims Down Happy Meal by Banishing Cheeseburgers

McDonald's is banishing cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate…

U.S. Mortgage Rates Climb to a Nearly 4-Year Peak

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates jumped this week to their highest level in nearly four years, a sign that the prospect of higher inflation is steadily increasing the cost of borrowing to buy a home. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the…

Frontier Airlines Now Offering Direct Flights from Birmingham Airport

Frontier Airlines will begin direct flights from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on April 11. At a news conference Thursday, Al.com reports the airline will offer direct service to Denver, Orlando and Philadelphia from Birmingham. Introductory prices will start at $39 and…

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Announces "Annie" Audition Dates

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival has announced an audition call for it’s upcoming production of Annie. Roles are available for adult men and women as well as female children (ages 6-15). Those auditioning will be asked to sing, dance and act. Adults and children of all ethnicities are…

How to 'Flu-Proof' Your Home

The flu outbreak is still running rampant throughout Alabama. So how can you protect your family from getting it? Of course, washing hands, covering your mouth and nose when you cough…

Alabama Families Reap Benefits of Airbnb

As Alabama families continue reaping the economic benefits of home sharing, Airbnb is releasing new data on the income its host community earned during 2017 to help to pay their mortgage, rent and other monthly bills. Between January and December…

Fiat Chrysler Recalls Minivans for Engine Stalling Problem

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 160,000 minivans mainly in North America to fix a software problem that can make engines stall. The recall covers certain Chrysler Pacifica vans from the 2017 model year with gasoline engines. The company says…

Winn Dixie Issues Voluntary Ice Cream Recall

Winn Dixie has issued a voluntary recall on one of the store's ice cream products due to the threat of listeria. Store officials say the 12-count Winn Dixie brand ice cream bars affected have the UPC code 2114021745 on them.…

Toyota Adds 601,000 Vehicles to Takata Air Bag Recalls

Toyota is recalling 601,000 more vehicles in the U.S. to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. The company says the recall covers the Toyota Corolla and Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS250 and 350, and the Lexus IS-F…

US Employers Add 148,000 Jobs

U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but enough to suggest the economy entered the new year with solid momentum. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent for a third straight month, the lowest…

Sears Holdings Corp. Closing Over 100 More Stores Nationwide

Sears Holdings Corp. will be closing over 100 more stores as the struggling department store chain tries to turn around its business. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company says that includes 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores that will be…

Powerball Jumps to $550M After No Winning Tickets Sold

No winning tickets were sold for the $460 million Powerball drawing. The winning numbers selected Wednesday night were 2, 18, 37, 39 and 42, and the Powerball number was 12. The jackpot jumps to an estimated $550 million for Saturday's…

Fiat Chrysler Issues Recall for Nearly 2 Million Vehicles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling nearly two million heavy duty Ram Pickups due to a mechanical problem. The problem could make it possible for a driver to inadvertently shift the truck out of park. Fiat-chrysler said in a press release…

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