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Mideast youth unemployment rises amid post-Arab Spring chaos

Fawziyeh Sharif and dozens of other young women who make jeans for the U.S. market in a factory in this village in northern Jordan consider themselves lucky — even though they spend 48 hours... Read more »

Published May 21, 2015

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Applications for US jobless aid up, but from very low level

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market. Read more »

Published May 21, 2015

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Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors... Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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New York's top financial regulator to step down

Benjamin Lawsky, New York state's top financial regulator who collected billions of dollars in penalties and fees from Wall Street giants, announced Wednesday that he will step down. Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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Study: 23 pct of US adults with health coverage underinsured

Nearly a quarter of U.S. adults who were insured all last year lacked adequate protection from big medical bills based on their income, according to Commonwealth Fund research. Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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Clinton says childcare needs to be a national priority

Improving child care needs to become a national priority, Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Wednesday, and she urged Republicans in Congress to provide more federal money to help working families care... Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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What do you really get for a $7,000 Tesla home battery?

Elon Musk, the star CEO of the electric car company Tesla Motors and the rocket company SpaceX, staged an elaborate event last month to unveil a new product. Not a sleek new luxury car. Not a... Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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What you need to know about the Takata air bag recall

A recall of air bags made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp. now has the dubious distinction of being the largest in U.S. history. Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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Service dogs that sniff out seizures improve kids' lives

When Alyssa Howes was 4, she lost her sight and started having seizures — up to 20 a day. Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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US stocks are little changed ahead of Fed report

US stocks are little changed in early morning trading Wednesday as investors weigh several earnings reports and await the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policymaking meeting. Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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California farmers propose water cuts to avoid bigger pinch

Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher... Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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Wal-Mart announces expansion of veteran hiring

Nate Waits wakes up before 3 a.m. four days a week to get to his job at a Bentonville distribution center for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where the former Marine is among more than 92,000 veterans the... Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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Loans, taxes, regulations on small business election agenda

There are no "one size fits all" issues for small business in the 2016 presidential campaign. While candidates try to appeal to all small businesses, many owners want very specific things. Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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For US allies, paradigm shift in intelligence collection

Fearful of an expanding extremist threat, countries that for years have relied heavily on U.S. intelligence are quickly building up their own capabilities with new technology, new laws and —... Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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Target profit rises as product revamps start to pay off

Target is reporting a 52 percent increase in its first-quarter profit on solid sales of fashion and baby items, offering evidence that its efforts to spruce up its merchandise are paying off. Read more »

Published May 20, 2015

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Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34 million

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the... Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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China's impact looms large as US debates its own trade deals

If the U.S. doesn't write the rules of international trade, President Barack Obama warns, China will. In fact, China is already helping write those rules, and in some ways has jumped ahead of the... Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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Seattle protests influence John Kerry trade speech venue

Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he'd be better off avoiding the Emerald City to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn... Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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PayPal facing $25 million sanction for illegal credit sign-ups

Federal regulators are proposing that PayPal Inc. pay $25 million to resolve allegations that it illegally signed up customers for its online credit product, used misleading advertising and... Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T evolves beyond phones

The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone. Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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Economic toll of conflict builds up for Ukraine

There seems to be no bottom for Ukraine's economy. The extent of the damage caused by the conflict in the country's east was highlighted in a report showing the economy had shrunk by almost a fifth... Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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Britain posts first fall in consumer prices since 1960

Britain saw consumer prices fall in April for the first time since 1960, official figures showed Tuesday, but few economists think the annual drop will be anything but short-lived. Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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Wal-Mart profit falls on currency shifts, pay raises

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported sluggish sales and a 7 percent drop in first-quarter profit as worker pay raises, spending on e-commerce and currency fluctuations put pressure on the bottom line at... Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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Home Depot nails it 1Q as housing rebound emerges

A busy spring pushed Home Depot's first-quarter profit and revenue above Wall Street expectations and the world's biggest home improvement retailer raised its projections for both in 2015. Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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US home construction surges to fastest pace since 2007

U.S. homebuilders ramped up construction in April to the fastest pace in nearly seven-and-a-half years, providing newfound momentum for an economy that has struggled in recent months. Read more »

Published May 19, 2015

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