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Stocks mostly higher as US job market improves

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were mostly higher Thursday afternoon after the government reported that the number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in three months. Staples plunged after the company said it was closing 10 percent of its stores as more people shop online.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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US applications for jobless aid reach 3-month low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Former IRS official refuses to testify at hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former Internal Revenue Service official at the heart of the controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative groups once again refused to answer questions at a House hearing Wednesday amid signs that a congressional investigation into the affair may be stalling.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV

A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Record fine proposed for coal mining operations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Congress rushing to put in place Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rushing to put in place hard-hitting sanctions on Russia in response to its takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, hoping Europe will follow the lead of the United States in upping the pressure on President Vladimir Putin's government.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014

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NYC artists live on 'human hamster wheel'

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever feel like you're on a big hamster wheel and you can't get off?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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Big coal producer in settlement over tainted water

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

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