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A glance at US mortgage rates

- Associated Press

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose for the fourth straight week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. The key 30-year rate reached its highest level since May.

In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico. Rosario, who is incapacitated by diabetes and a blood disease, took a loan to upgrade her home before the storm hit, and lost everything. After the storm, Rosario rented a home until she could no longer afford it on her monthly $598 dollar pension and now splits her time living with her mother and daughter. Rosario said she already spent her $7,000 dollars of FEMA aid, and is now using money from a relative, who is also helping her with the labor of rebuilding her home, but says she knows there's not enough money for all the materials. "I hope with God's help to have the house closed on the outside, walls and ceiling in November. But if it's not possible, I'll make a room with the wood I have under the structure and live there until I can finish it. I never thought this was going to happen to me," she said. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with choirs, protests

- Associated Press

The uplifting strains of one of Puerto Rico's most beloved songs filled the air at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday as a choir stood in the coastal town where Hurricane Maria made landfall at that moment exactly one year ago.

Gov. John Bel Edwards talks about an expected $300 million-plus surplus Louisiana will have from the last budget year, while Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne and Revenue Secretary Kimberly Robinson listen to his remarks, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Edwards: Louisiana surplus driven by income tax collections

- Associated Press

Gov. John Bel Edwards hailed news Louisiana will have an estimated $300 million surplus from the last budget year. Edwards says the money comes from better-than-expected income personal and business tax collections.

In this June 15, 2018 photo, cash is fanned out from a wallet in North Andover, Mass. On Thursday, Aug. 20, the Federal Reserve reports on household wealth for the April-June quarter. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Buoyant stocks lift US household wealth, mainly for affluent

- Associated Press

A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent.