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Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 283,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that a recent string of strong job gains may continue.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015

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2 dead, over 170 potentially exposed in 'superbug' outbreak

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Contaminated medical instruments are suspected in a "superbug" outbreak at a Los Angeles hospital that has infected at least seven patients, two of whom died. More than 170 others may have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Nearly 40 percent of Wal-Mart's US workers to get pay raises

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Hoping to shed its reputation for offering little more than dead-end jobs, Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest private employer, is giving raises to nearly a half-million workers and offering what it says are more opportunities for advancement.

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Cuba sees Obama terror promise as healing of historic wound

HAVANA (AP) — A year after he took office, President Ronald Reagan placed Cuba on a list of state sponsors of terror for backing leftist guerrilla groups in Central and South America.

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Ka-ching: Euro exit would cost Greece dear, shake eurozone

So what would it cost if Greece left the euro?

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White House: Higher wages needed to make up for stagnation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top economists say that even as the U.S. has managed to kick start a lasting and growing recovery, modest wage gains are far from making up for decades of paycheck stagnation for middle-class workers.

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To fight extremism, Obama calls on US to embrace its Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn't: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.

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Man sells watch he found at secondhand store for $35,000

PHOENIX (AP) — A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.

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