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  • Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more — but low demand for the first round of its super-cheap loans suggests the difficulty the ECB faces in reviving the economy. The central bank for the 18-country eurozone...

  • US stocks buoyed after Fed continues low rates

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,186 in early trading Thursday, building on an all-time closing high from the...

  • ConAgra beats Street 1Q forecasts

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra's first-quarter earnings nearly tripled as the food producer cut costs and volumes increased. The Omaha, Nebraska company posted net income of $482.3 million, or $1.12. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 39 cents per share, or 4 cents better than...

  • Bayer to split off polymer division with IPO

    BERLIN (AP) — German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG said Thursday it plans to spin off its polymer division with a separate stock listing. The Leverkusen-based company that invented aspirin said the move would be part of an effort to focus the group on its health care and crop...

  • Yellen says US families need to boost savings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday Yellen said a Fed survey found that an unexpected expense...

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Substantially fewer people sought unemployment benefits last week, which often points to employers feeling more confident about the economy and hiring more workers. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 36,000 to a seasonally...

  • New runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a new runway opening at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport should help reduce flight delays and bring more tourists to South Florida. The $719 million, 8,000-foot runway is set to open Thursday. Broward County Aviation Department...

  • Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 299,500, the Labor...

  • Companies in Europe pledge 100K new youth jobs

    VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — Some 200 companies on Thursday pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe's young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed. The alliance of major companies including Nestle and Google aims to create tens of thousands additional jobs — or...

  • 110-year-old Colorado Springs business closing

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of Colorado Springs' oldest businesses is closing after 110 years. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/oy25c3b ) a dry cleaner and self-service laundry called Couture's (koo-TOORS') Fabric Care will cease operations next month....

  • Bleak chic: Urban Outfitters incurs wrath of the Internet with 'blood splattered' Kent State sweatshirt

    Urban Outfitters came under fire Monday after online users discovered the "Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt," a sun-faded cotton sweatshirt apparently spattered in fake blood.

  • Corporate America heads for the exits

    Corporate "inversions" are a problem that President Obama might find intractable, given a corporate tax system that most people agree is outdated and in urgent need of drastic reform at a time when Congress is too divided to fix it.

  • GOP tax writer: Treasury has a hidden tax-reform plan

    "I believe the Treasury Department has completed — or is very close to completing — such a plan, but refuses to make it public," House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said Wednesday.

  • Right fumes as business supports Obama's immigration executive action

    "Increasing the legal labor workforce is something we are going to support nine times out of 10," said Angelo Amador, vice president of labor and workforce policy at the National Restaurant Association.

  • McDonald's: Vive la France!

    I have never eaten at a McDonald’s in France. But evidently a lot of French men and women do. Business Insider reports that France is McDonald’s most profitable country after the United States. So much for all the French cuisine snobs who lament the presence of McDonald’s in la belle France,...



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