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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Down
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The unemployment rate in Arkansas is declining, dipping below the 7% mark for the first time in more than five years, according to state officials.
Monthly Unemployment Rate Down from a Year Ago  Nebraska City News Press
Vermont Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.4 Percent  WAMC
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US stock market ends higher as earnings pour in
Continue reading below. Wall Street was off in observance of Good Friday. Stocks were mostly higher last week as upbeat earnings news from several big US companies encouraged investors.
Stocks end higher as earnings pour in; market closed Friday  The Seattle Times
The Bulls Aren't Pinned  Investing Daily
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Strike at Nike, Adidas China supplier halts output
TOKYO - Striking workers at a shoe factory in China halted production for a fifth day in a dispute over company contributions to employees' social security and housing funds.
Yue Yuen raises welfare contributions for striking workers in Gaobu  WantChinaTimes
Bloomberg briefing  SFGate
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China March New Home Price Increases Ease on Tighter Credit
Low-rise and high-rise residential buildings stand at the Sea Shore of China development in the Sanya Bay district of Sanya, Hainan Province, China.
China's 7% House Price Gain May Be Envy Of US Homeowners, But It Spells ...  International Business Times
UPDATE 1-China home price inflation cools to 8-month low in March  Reuters
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County's jobless rate lowest in more than 5 years
AUSTIN - Washington County's jobless rate dropped to its lowest level in more than five years during March, figures from the Texas Workforce Commission show.
COMMENTARY: Texas jobless rates fell in March; 3000 jobs added in McAllen ...  Monitor
Texas job growth slows in March  Dallas Morning News
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'Bumpy' California Enrollment Period Ends With Over 3 Million Health Care Sign ...
California health officials say the open enrollment period for insurance has been 'bumpy' but it has ended with more than 3 million people signed up for coverage.
Obamacare enrollment nears 1.4 million in California exchange  Los Angeles Times
Covered California approves $89M in additional spending  Sacramento Business Journal
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Pfizer mulls $100 bn bid for AstraZeneca: report
The paper said, citing senior investment bankers and industry sources, that informal conversations about a deal had taken place between the two firms but that no talks were currently under way after AstraZeneca resisted the approach.
Pfizer mulls $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca: Report  Economic Times
Pfizer said to be eyeing a $100 billion bid for AstraZeneca  The Pharma Letter
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Iran says nuclear dispute with the West 'virtually resolved'
TEHRAN - Iran has "virtually resolved" its dispute with world powers over a planned nuclear plant that could produce weapon material, the chairman of Iran's nuclear agency told a state news agency.
Iran says it watered down, converted over 200 kg of enriched uranium  Reuters
Iran says Arak N-reactor row all but resolved  The News International
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GM to invest $12 bln in China and plans more plants
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. car giant General Motors Corp (GM) (GM.N) plans to invest $12 billion in China from 2014 to 2017 and build more plants next year as it steps up its presence to compete with aggressive rivals in the world's largest auto market.
GM to invest $12 bn in China and plans more plants  Economic Times
GM says China sales to hit 5 million next year  Newsday
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Walmart Will Enter Cash Wiring Business
Walmart announced on Thursday that it would allow customers to make store-to-store money transfers within the United States. Credit Laura Pedrick for The New York Times.
A New Way for Walmart to Cash In  Slate Magazine (blog)
Walmart Sends Chills Through Money Transfer Business  ABC News (blog)
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