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US unemployment falls to 7 pct. on 203K jobs added

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The gains in the job market could spur greater economic growth.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013

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'Ice Friday' bears down on Texas, much of Midwest

DALLAS (AP) — As Texas residents prepared for what one hardware store manager called "Ice Friday," schools started canceling classes and thousands of shoppers jammed store aisles to buy milk, pet food and other supplies.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013

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Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up

WASHINGTON (AP) — It looks like President Barack Obama's fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013

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Dems, GOP craft backup for stalled defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year's end.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013

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Prosecutors face tough choices in NYC derailment

NEW YORK (AP) — While the Metro-North Railroad is already getting hit with multimillion-dollar civil claims over a deadly commuter train derailment, prosecutors will face tough choices when deciding whether to bring criminal charges against the train's engineer, who told investigators he nodded or fell into a daze at the controls.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 December 2013

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Fast-food protests return amid push for wage hikes

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers and labor organizers are marching, waving signs and chanting in cities across the country Thursday amid a push for higher wages.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013

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US identifies American teacher killed in Libya

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the American shot to death while jogging in Libya is a teacher named Ronald Thomas Smith II.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013

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Obama: Income inequality a defining challenge

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty. "That should offend all of us," he declared. "We are a better country than this."

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013

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