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Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month
More than two-thirds of U.S. states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained four and-a-half year recovery.
Boston prepares for economic boost from marathon visitors
The 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area. The memory of last year's bombings has elevated interest in one of the world's greatest races, and the field of runners has greatly expanded.
White House makes economics focus of Asia trip
The White House is focusing President Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region. But tensions between Russia and Ukraine will likely push regional security concerns higher on the president's agenda.
Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case
The Supreme Court has declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals. The order is a victory for rivals challenging the maker of the drug.
American Airlines cannot yet end retiree benefits, judge says
A federal judge is telling American Airlines that it can't yet act alone to cut off benefits for many retirees. American wants retirees who wish to keep their benefits to pay all the cost, and now the dispute could go to negotiations or a trial.
Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem
The recall covers Tribute SUVs from 2001 through 2004. According to Mazda, the vehicle's frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate -- which could result in a loss of steering control.
USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections
The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.
NC study says water from infected river safe for farm use
North Carolina State University scientists say that farmers along the Dan River can use surface water for crops and livestock -- despite a massive release of toxic coal ash more than two months ago that has polluted the waterway.
WGN America tries 'Salem' magic to expand audience
WGN America is calling on witchcraft to help launch the cable channel in a new direction. Starting this weekend, the network is adding its first original series to its schedule of Chicago sports and acquired programming.
US newspaper industry revenue fell in 2013
The U.S. newspaper industry's revenue continued to fall last year, as increases in circulation revenue failed to offset the shrinking demand for print advertising.
Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges
More than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government to run their health insurance markets must decide if they want to take a crack at it themselves. Time is running out with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money at stake.
US stock market finishes week mostly higher
Stocks are mostly higher on Wall Street as upbeat earnings news from several big U.S. companies encouraged investors. The Dow fell 16 points, while the Nasdaq composite rose nine points by the end of trading Thursday.
Muscle cars out in force at New York auto show
Who says America has lost its muscle? Dodge unveiled the 2015 Challenger, with a 6.4-liter, 485-horsepower V8 -- and Ford kicked off the show by putting a bright yellow 2015 Mustang on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.
Gov't says case against Blackwater guard in jeopardy
The government has said its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy, saying a court ruling this month has effectively terminated the manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and weapons charges against him.
Record labels sue Pandora over older songs
Major record labels -- including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal -- are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement, for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying any license fees.
NC gov's proposal doesn't address Duke ash pits
While North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is touting a proposal to strengthen government oversight of the state's coal ash dumps, it doesn't address one key issue -- What will happen to Duke Energy's ash pits.
Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards
Craft chain Michaels Stores said Thursday that more than 2 and-a-half million cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach -- but it has so far only received "limited" reports of fraud.
IRS audits less than one percent of big partnerships
The Government Accountability Office said the number of large businesses organized as partnerships has more than tripled since 2002, yet hardly any get close scrutiny by the IRS. 
87th Annual Academy Awards date set for Feb. 22
The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22, authorities announced on Thursday.
Horseless carriage goes on display in New York City
Here it is -- an electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City. The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype was unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show.
San Francisco's BART rail line fined for worker deaths
Workplace safety officials have fined a San Francisco Bay Area commuter rail line more than $200,000, over the deaths of two of its workers who were killed on the tracks, officials said Thursday.
Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report
The federal government's latest report card on food poisoning is out, and it has some good news -- a drop in illnesses from salmonella. Last year, salmonella cases fell nine percent, compared to the previous three years.
Facebook rolls out 'Nearby Friends' location-sharing feature
Facebook users in the United States will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity, using a new feature the company launched on Thursday called "Nearby Friends" -- which runs off the GPS system in cell phones.
Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked
A federal judge in Texas has refused an emergency motion, that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of two million recalled vehicles to stop driving them until their ignition switches are repaired.
Ex BP-employee settles US insider-trading charges
A former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading stock, officials said Thursday.
Lowe's agrees with Justice Dept. to minimize lead dust
The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that Lowe's home improvement centers has agreed to settle violations of federal requirements that call for its contractors to minimize lead dust from home renovations.
Budget officials say US wage boost would cost firms $15B
The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that a Senate proposal to gradually boost the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.
Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million -- even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.
US sues NY real estate dealer over disabilities
The federal government has sued a prominent real estate developer, saying some of the company's apartment buildings are not sufficiently accessible to people with disabilities.
NC governor proposes new coal ash plan after spill
North Carolina's governor said he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps, following the massive Feb. 2 spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge.
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