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  • Job market's new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be. Pay is sluggish. Many part-timers can't find full-time work. And a diminished share of Americans either have a job or are looking for one. Yet...

  • US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the government faces a challenge as it investigates possible collusion in the airline industry. It'll have to prove that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Any company can limit the supply of its own products, from airline...

  • Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in the state where the GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field. "They're good...

  • FDA clears drug for leading form of cystic fibrosis

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price — more than $250,000 for a year's...

  • Top US auto safety regulator says Chrysler to face sanctions

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation's top auto safety regulator said Thursday. But Mark Rosekind, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wouldn't say...

  • 3 Supreme Court justices maintain substantial stock holdings

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock. The details of investments held by Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Stephen...

  • US unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge. The figures released Thursday capture the...

  • Job growth expands in professional services and health care

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Depending on the sector, June was either a great month for job growth or a lackluster one. Leading the way with 64,000 added jobs was professional services, which includes accountants, engineers and office temp workers. Also posting sizable gains were retail and health care....

  • US regulator says Fiat Chrysler recall woes are widespread

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. auto safety regulator accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to provide timely and accurate recall information to her agency and said that customers also have problems getting accurate information. Jennifer Timian, acting director of the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.08 percent

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week, reaching high levels for the year. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week from 4.02 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate...

  • IMF: Greece needs debt relief and 50 billion euros in new financing from October through 2018

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — IMF: Greece needs debt relief and 50 billion euros in new financing from October through 2018.

  • US factory orders fell 1 percent in May

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories fell in May by the largest amount in three months, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped for a second month. Factory orders declined 1 percent in May from April, when orders retreated 0.7 percent, the Commerce Department...

  • US factory orders drop 1 percent in May; demand in key investment category also down

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US factory orders drop 1 percent in May; demand in key investment category also down.

  • Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 281,000

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the level of applications is still low and points to an improving job market. The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 281,000. The four-week average, a less volatile figure,...

  • Applications for US jobless benefits rise to still-low 281,000, a sign of healthy job market

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for US jobless benefits rise to still-low 281,000, a sign of healthy job market.

  • US unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent as employers add 223,000 jobs in June

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent as employers add 223,000 jobs in June.

  • Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September. Economists predict that employers added 233,000 jobs and that the unemployment...

  • US probes possible collusion among airlines to keep fares up

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether...

  • Medicare proposes coverage change on short hospital stays

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare proposed Wednesday to ease a coverage policy on short hospital stays that has been criticized because it can result in higher costs for seniors. Under Medicare, coverage for inpatient and outpatient care is determined under very different payment rules. In some cases,...

  • Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better. Obama said he wants to refocus the debate on...



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