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    Early excitement gave way to renewed caution by stock investors last week. Monday opened to reduced concern about US/China trade talks after weekend comments by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, resulting in something of a “relief rally” in stock prices.

      They’re back. Investors returned to bid stocks higher last week. After finding stock prices had been pressured downward to attractive levels in prior weeks, the buying began on Monday. And the full week delivered a 42.47 gain for our Quad-City Times Key 15 to close at 2345.47.

        Could business be “too good” for investors? That strange suspicion was part of what kept stock markets under selling pressure for much of last week. For the full week, our Quad-City Times Key 15 gave up 26.19 to 2303.00, despite some Friday recovery.

          Facts trumped fears last week. A week that began with investors wondering about the sustainability of today’s economic growth and business growth saw those fears fade on Thursday. Convincing economic reports and convincing corporate profit reports led, on that day, to convincing buying by in…

            Markets that started the week strong ran into investor indecision as the week progressed. Stronger economic reports and stronger corporate earnings reports, on balance, provided some buying motivation. Import tariff negotiation concerns provided some investor pullback. By week’s end, our Qua…

            A Chicago woman is accused of keeping her mother’s dead body in a freezer for nearly two years while living in a nearby apartment. Eva Bratcher appeared in court Thursday on charges of concealing her 96-year-old mother’s death and possessing a fraudulent identification card. Regina Michalski’s body was discovered this week in a freezer in the garage near the apartment she had shared with her daughter. Investigators believe Michalski died in 2021. The 69-year-old Bratcher has past convictions for forgery, and investigators are trying to determine if she was collecting her late mother’s Social Security benefits. Bratcher was being held on a $20,000 bond.

            Three men have been arrested on accusations that they clashed with police officers during separate incidents at the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot. Federal prosecutors announced charges on Wednesday against men from Vermont, Illinois and Pennsylvania, more than two years after the riot that halted the certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. They are among nearly 1,000 people across the U.S. who have been charged with federal crimes in the Capitol attack. The new arrests were of William Nichols, of Manchester, Vermont; Joseph Pavlik, of Chicago; and Dustin Sargent, of Kunkletown, Pennsylvania.

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            CAMBRIDGE, Ill. — Judge Colby Hathaway on Monday found probable cause to believe Andrew R. Luce, 35, of Kewanee committed a felony in connection with a Jan. 19 shooting incident in a residential area of Kewanee.

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