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County unemployment rate at 5.2 percent
As the positive unemployment numbers keep arriving for St. Johns County, one person not surprised by them is local businessman Wayne Peters.
RI unemployment remains nation's highest despite improvement in jobs numbers  The Providence Journal
Farm jobs stay strong, but Merced County unemployment slightly up  Sacramento Bee
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Stocks end higher as earnings pour in; market closed Friday
Stocks end higher as earnings pour in; market closed Friday. Corporate earnings pushed U.S. stocks mostly higher on Thursday, but it wasn't an easy ride up.
The Bulls Aren't Pinned  Investing Daily
US stock market edges higher as earnings pour in  Boston Globe
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Venture capital funding soars to levels last seen in dot-com bubble
SAN FRANCISCO - With venture capital funding reaching levels not seen since the days of the dot-com bubble, analysts say the question of whether the tech boom in Silicon Valley is on the verge of sputtering is getting harder to dismiss.
Software developers lead startups' $9.5B 1Q take  New York Post
MoneyTree Reports $35.6M in MI Venture-Backed Deals Last Quarter  Xconomy
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Strike at Nike, Adidas China Supplier Halts Output
Striking workers at a Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd. (551) shoe factory in China halted production for a fifth day in a dispute over company contributions to employees' social security and housing funds.
Chinese trade group to mediate shoe factory strike  Chron.com
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Houston unemployment rate dips to 5.2 percent
The Houston-area unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent in March, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, was 5.7 percent in February.
Abilene jobless rate slips to 4.2 percent in March  KTXS
Texas jobless rate falls to 5.5 percent in March  Corpus Christi Caller Times
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Texas Judge Rules Two Million Recalled Cars Can Still Be Driven
GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington April 1, 2014.
Amid GM Recall, Judge Denies 'Park It Now' Alert  Courthouse News Service
GM scores important legal victory in 'park-it' lawsuit in Texas  Dallas Morning News
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Yellen's big speech number two
Fed Chair Janet Yellen soothed some nerves, that's what. Yellen said on Wednesday, in just her second public speech after succeeding Ben Bernanke, that the Federal Reserve will keep its key interest rate near zero for however long it takes to meet the ...
The Best Monetary Policy Is Strict Financial Regulation  Huffington Post
FOREX-Dollar slips on Yellen's dovish stance, pound hits 4-1/2-year high  Reuters
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Paper Shows US-Flagged Plane in Iran Has Ties to Ghana
New details emerged on Friday about an American plane, owned by a small community bank in Utah and mysteriously parked this week at Tehran's airport, showing that it had been leased by a Ghanaian mining company owned by a brother of Ghana's ...
Local News MYSTERY US JET IN IRAN  Gulf Daily News
WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND THIS MYSTERIOUS AMERICAN JET SPOTTED ...  Liberty News On Line
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Judge says American Airlines can't end retiree benefits yet
A passenger walks through an American Airlines baggage claim area Nov. 29, 2011, at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 am.
American Airlines retirees the winners in bankruptcy court decision  Dallas Morning News
American must pay benefits of union-represented retirees, judge says  Fort Worth Star Telegram
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Airbnb Said to Close Fund-Raising Deal With Group Led by TPG
Airbnb has closed a new round of financing from a group led by TPG Growth that values the home-sharing company at about $10 billion, people briefed on the matter said on Friday.
Super Startup Airbnb Must 'Scale Trust' Among Users  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Airbnb Reportedly Closes New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $10 Billion  Fast Company
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