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Pending US home sales jump to strongest level in 9 years

Americans signed contracts to buy homes in April at the fastest pace in nearly nine years, evidence that steady job growth is strengthening the real estate market. Read more »

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Atlantic City sues over failed community loan program

A loan program that was supposed to lend as much as $40 million to struggling homeowners and businesses in this cash-strapped resort city has given out nothing and has instead led to a federal... Read more »

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Hopi Tribe, lawmakers urge US to stop sale of sacred items

Hopi tribal leaders and Arizona's members of Congress are asking U.S. law enforcement to stop the sale of about a dozen sacred Hopi artifacts at a Paris auction house in June. Read more »

Published 15 hours ago

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FCC takes aim at annoying telemarketing calls

Those automated phone calls during the dinner hour, late at night or to your wireless phone can be so frustrating — and the government is taking note. Read more »

Published 18 hours ago

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'Dancing,' 'Voice' on top as viewers got musical last week

Music and dancing ruled on the airwaves last week, as "Dancing With the Stars" and "The Voice" tuned up to score five out of the 10 most-watched shows. Read more »

Published 18 hours ago

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Drilling cutbacks drag down job growth in oil patch

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota. Read more »

Published 18 hours ago

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Love not war wins for small businesses and large companies

Instead of feeling threatened and trying to crush smaller rivals that could take revenue from them, corporations like Microsoft Corp., Boston Beer and General Mills Inc. are mentoring and loaning... Read more »

Published 20 hours ago

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US bank earnings up 6.9 percent in Q1

U.S. banks' earnings rose 6.9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier as revenues increased, delinquent loans continued to fall and the number of "problem" banks reached a six-year low. Read more »

Published 21 hours ago

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Exxon shareholders to vote on climate change, fracking

Shareholders are considering whether Exxon Mobil should put a climate-change expert on its board. Read more »

Published yesterday

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Pakistan judge orders CEO held for faked diploma allegations

A Pakistani judge ordered police Wednesday to hold and question the embattled CEO of a software company for a week on allegations he oversaw a global diploma mill, as broadcasters aired images of... Read more »

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Broadway's box office and attendance figures hit records

Broadway's revenue and attendance figures both hit record highs for the third season in a row, fed largely by premium prices and a steady stream of more shows. Read more »

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US home prices rose at steady pace in March from year ago

U.S. home prices rose at a steady pace in March, pushed higher by a limited supply of houses for sale. Read more »

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Consumer confidence rises slightly in May

The Conference Board says consumer confidence rebounded this month as the job market showed signs of improvement. Read more »

Published yesterday

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Cable company Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.3B

Communications Inc. is said to be nearing a deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for $55 billion. It would be the latest in a series of deals that have reshaped the cable-TV industry. Read more »

Published yesterday

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Media CEOs are the highest-paid American executives

They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league. Read more »

Published yesterday

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Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial ingredients getting booted

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find... Read more »

Published yesterday

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US new-home sales jump in April

More Americans bought new homes in April — evidence that the stronger job market is powering the housing sector. Read more »

Published yesterday

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'Such a stress reliever': In Rhode Island, residents already have paid family leave

As President Barack Obama pushes for a federal law to get paid leave to care for a new baby or an ailing relative, residents of one of the three states that already provide it sing its praises,... Read more »

Published May 25, 2015

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John Nash: A life of great struggle and even greater success

Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved,... Read more »

Published May 25, 2015

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Global stocks mostly higher Monday in quiet trading day

Global stocks mostly rose Monday on a quiet trading day with Wall Street, London and Hong Kong closed for holidays. Read more »

Published May 25, 2015

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Japan trade gap returns to deficit in April, more red ahead

Japan posted a trade deficit in April following a single-month's surplus in March, and economists said shortfalls were likely to persist given the weakness of the yen. Read more »

Published May 25, 2015

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Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year's elections. Read more »

Published May 23, 2015

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Artist captures Bakken's life, landscape in 25 paintings

an two dozen paintings that depict life and landscape during different seasons in the heart of North Dakota's oil boom, including workers operating machinery, a train loaded with shale crude and... Read more »

Published May 23, 2015

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Medical pot businesses to battle black market for customers

When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will... Read more »

Published May 23, 2015

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Anger builds among unionized workforce at Bath Iron Works

The last time Bath Iron Works looked beyond Navy shipbuilding, workers agreed to a contract aimed at boosting efficiency by allowing shipbuilders to learn and perform multiple tasks. President... Read more »

Published May 23, 2015

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