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Avoid late auto loan payments

On the Money By Tom Krisher The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — New vehicle prices and interest rates are on the rise, causing millions of people to fall behind on their auto loan payments. But experts say you can avoid being one of them by preparing yourself before you buy and not ...

Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in privacy-oriented messaging that Facebook itself can’t read. Mark ...

Millennial Money: Things change when you own a home

NerdWallet Courtney Jespersen You signed the papers, got the keys and opened the front door. Now, that quaint little place is all yours. But more freedom comes with more responsibility. A lot changes once you’re a homeowner. Here’s how to prepare for a few of the adjustments — ...

UK airline says female flight attendants can drop makeup

By DAVID KOENIG The Associated Press DALLAS — Britain’s Virgin Atlantic has dropped a requirement that female flight attendants wear makeup, joining other major carriers that have eased their dress and grooming requirements after complaints about turning female employees into sex ...

Internet, intuition can help businesses spot next big thing

Small Talk By Joyce M. Rosenberg The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain old intuition. At Moriarty’s Gem ...

Elon Musk firm pitched to build transit system in Vegas

By REGINA GARCIA CANO The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s dream of an express tunnel transit system could finally become a reality in Las Vegas after major setbacks in other cities. Las Vegas’ tourism agency announced Wednesday it is recommending that an ...

iPhone sales are falling, and Apple’s app fees might be next

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — As iPhone sales slip, Apple has been positioning its booming digital-services business as its new profit engine. But there could be a snag in that plan. A brewing backlash against the rich commissions Apple earns from all purchases ...

No. 4 Notre Dame rolls past No. 18 Syracuse

By JOEDY McCREARY The Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference hasn’t been able to hold a championship game lately without Notre Dame. Now the Fighting Irish want to get back to winning them again. Jackie Young had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 4 Notre ...

Golf Roundup: Fitzpatrick takes 1-shot lead over McIlroy at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy seems to have everything going his way at Bay Hill except for recent history. With three birdies over the last four holes, McIlroy had a 6-under 66 on Saturday that left him one shot behind Matt Fitzpatrick and in the final group of a PGA Tour event for the ...

Johnson still searching for answers

By DAVE SKRETTA The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — Jimmie Johnson is fighting a cold. It’s the kind of debilitating, in-your-throat cold that makes it painful to swallow, much less go for a run. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion tried on a cool morning in the desert but ...

Busch dominates to win Xfinity race at Phoenix

By DAVE SKRETTA The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch certainly knows the way to victory lane at ISM Raceway. Even after the track was reconfigured. Busch took the lead shortly after the start of the final stage Saturday and cruised to his second consecutive Xfinity Series ...

Power leads St. Petersburg qualifying

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Roger Penske’s teams are off to such a strong start to the motorsports season that his IndyCar group arrived at the season-opening event under pressure to match the performance. No problem at all. Will Power and Josef ...

Clemson gets past Syracuse

By PETE IACOBELLI The Associated Press CLEMSON, S.C. — Marcquise Reed has played like its NCAA Tournament time for weeks as Clemson fights to land on the right side of the bubble. He had second-half performance against Syracuse sure to gain the Tigers some points with the tournament ...

As budget deficit balloons, few in Washington seem to care

By ANDREW TAYLOR The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit is ballooning on President Donald Trump’s watch and few in Washington seem to care. And even if they did, the political dynamics that enabled bipartisan deficit-cutting deals decades ago has disappeared, ...

The book on black fatherhood

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I wrote the book on black fatherhood. Literally. “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood” was a deep dive into the absence and uninvolvement of African-American fathers in the lives of their children. Like many observers, I inferred that absence and ...

Yes, Virginia, it’s offensive

By KATHLEEN PARKER When Virginia first lady Pam Northam handed out raw cotton last month to African-American students on a governor’s mansion tour and asked them to imagine being slaves picking the crop, she inspired a whirlwind. What in the world was she thinking? Northam quickly ...

For Smollett, 1 story equals 16 felony counts

By DON BABWIN The Associated Press CHICAGO — News that a grand jury had indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked by two masked men may not have made much of a splash except for one thing: The lone felony count that Smollett ...

U.S.-backed fighters could soon resume offensive against IS

By PHILIP ISSA The Associated Press BAGHOUZ, Syria — U.S.-backed fighters could soon resume an offensive against the Islamic State group in the last area they control in Syria, an official said Saturday, adding that the battle against the extremists is expected to take three days. Aras ...