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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August and industrial output recorded its biggest drop since 2009 as Hurricane Harvey disrupted activity, suggesting the storm could dent economic growth in the third quarter. "The early returns from Harvey are trickling in and the news is not good," said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic...

  • A destroyed trailer in Key Largo, Fla., after Hurricane Irma swept through the area.

    Threatening social media posts possibly connected to ISIS have raised alerts in cities battered by recent hurricanes.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August and industrial output recorded its biggest drop since 2009 as Hurricane Harvey disrupted activity, suggesting the storm could dent economic growth in the third quarter. "Hurricane Harvey's fingerprints were all over the August retail sales and industrial production reports this morning,"...

  • Sept 15- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, but the Dow eked out another record high, as investors shrugged off North Korea's latest missile test and domestic economic data that did little to move the needle on the timing of an interest rate hike. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell last month, the Commerce Department said, while another report showed...

  • *North Korea's missile test leaves investors unimpressed. Sept 15- U.S. stocks were set to open little changed on Friday, with investors shrugging off North Korea's latest missile test and an unexpected drop in domestic retail sales in August. "I think the market is kind of getting desensitized to that," said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St....

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August, likely hurt by the impact of Hurricane Harvey on motor vehicle purchases, suggesting a moderation in consumer spending in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday retail sales dropped 0.2 percent last month, the biggest decline in six months. Harvey, which slammed Texas in the...

  • Fruit sits on the ground below an orange tree at the Alico Inc. Lake Patrick Grove in Frostproof, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017.

    "This was supposed to be the year where we saw gains, rather than losses, for the first time in about a decade," Shannon Shepp says.

  • Steve Slonan inspects a friend's home after Hurricane Irma hit the area on September 11, 2017 in East Naples, Florida.

    Florida loses ground as one of the best places to retire, particularly in Irma's aftermath.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 15- U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in August as Hurricane Harvey likely depressed motor vehicle purchases, suggesting a moderation in consumer spending in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday retail sales dropped 0.2 percent last month. The Commerce Department said while it could not isolate the impact of Harvey on...

  • Irma crushes Florida citrus crop

    Shannon Shepp, Florida Department of Citrus executive director, talks about the devastating impact Hurricane Irma had on Florida's citrus growers.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Arnold says he pays $1,083 per month for coverage.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Business owners who are trying to get back on track after hurricanes Harvey and Irma now face a different sort of challenge: trying to recoup lost income from their insurers. "I think the whole thing is a rip-off," said Thomas Arnold, an optometrist in Sugar Land, Texas. Arnold says he pays $1,083 per month for coverage.

  • MEXICO CITY, Sept 14- Hurricane Max was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday evening, bearing down on a region with the popular tourist resorts of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. Max's maximum sustained winds decreased to 70 miles per hour on Thursday evening, and the storm was about 80 miles east of Acapulco, the National Hurricane Center in Florida said.

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump says he has not made a decision yet on whether he will re-nominate Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen for another term but says he respects her "a lot." Asked about Yellen by reporters on Air Force One on a trip back from Florida on Thursday, Trump said, "I like her and I respect her. Separately, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a...

  • NEW YORK— Hurricane Irma was a record-setter for The Weather Channel, too. The Nielsen company said an average of 3.29 million people watched the network on Sunday as the deadly storm blew over Florida. The network had 2.82 million on Saturday as the storm approached from the Caribbean.

  • Wildlife refuge in Florida got a wild experience during Hurricane Irma

    Everglades Outpost is picking up the pieces after Hurricane Irma severely battered the wildlife refuge. Reported by Contessa Brewer, who is the niece of Everglades Outpost owner Bob Freer.

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's use of government planes.:. President Donald Trump is calling Mnuchin a "straight shooter" and saying he has total confidence in him following a report that Mnuchin's use of government planes is being investigated by the Treasury Department's inspector general. The Treasury Department says...

  • Sept 14- On Friday, a cruise ship carrying around 3,000 passengers will dock at St. John's harbour in the Caribbean island of Antigua. "But because the port is so damaged in Saint Martin, so damaged in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, we're getting some of those cancellations. Those cruise lines now are making ports of call into Antigua. "

  • Storm Command Center at Ace’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.

    Home Depot and Lowe's began shipping emergency supplies to Florida in anticipation of Irma, while they continued cleaning up from Hurricane Harvey.

  • Hurricane Irma leaves the Florida Keys bowed but unbroken

    Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc across the Florida Keys.