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Payrolls Rose in Most US States in March, Led by Florida (2)
Payrolls climbed in 34 U.S. states in March and unemployment rates fell in 21, showing the job market was making progress across much of the world's largest economy.
California adds 11800 jobs, unemployment rate rises slightly to 8.1%  Los Angeles Times
Va.'s jobless rate rises to 5 pct in March  Washington Post   Related articles »  
GM scores important legal victory in 'park-it' lawsuit in Texas
General Motors may be losing the public relations battle in its recall of defective cars, but the company scored a much-needed victory Thursday in its escalating legal war.
Judge: GM doesn't need to order customers to park recalled vehicles  The Detroit News
US judge: GM doesn't have to order customers to park recalled cars  Tire Business
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Asia Stocks Rise in Abbreviated Trading
Asian stocks were mostly higher in trading muted by Good Friday observance. Markets in Europe, the U.S. and many countries in Asia were closed for the holiday.
Tokyo stocks higher in thin, pre-holiday trading  The Japan News
Asian shares rise; Nikkei rebound continues  MarketWatch
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Covered Calif. Sign-Ups Reach 1.4M at End of Open Enrollment
On Thursday, Covered California officials announced that nearly 1.4 million state residents signed up for private health coverage during the exchange's first open enrollment period, which ended Tuesday, the AP/San Jose Mercury News reports.
More Than 3.3 Million Californians Enrolled in Obamacare  California Report
Your Voice: Covered California  Tracy Press
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S&P 500 closes higher for 4th day; Dow drops
Stocks closed mixed Thursday as the Standard & Poor's 500 extended its rally for a fourth straight day and posted solid gains for the holiday-shortened week.
The Bulls Aren't Pinned  Investing Daily
Stocks Log Weekly Gains, But Dow Ends Day Down Ahead Of Holiday Weekend  Barron's (blog)
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Seven economic charts of the week that you really should see
The country's gauge of wholesale prices for March rose 5.7% on increasing food prices. But observers still think that the Reserve Bank won't need to hike rates just yet.
What Janet Yellen Didn't Say: The B-Word  New Yorker (blog)
Anthony Orlando: Financial regulation would stimulate economy  Sun-Sentinel
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Former-BP exec sold $1M in stock at height of spill disaster
Keith Seilhan, then a crisis manager for BP's mobile incident team, directs workers during the cleanup. Seilhan has settled with the SEC over accusations he used privileged information to profit from a sell-off of $1 million in BP stock.
Compensation battle rages four years after BP's US oil spill  Reuters
A Grim Photographic Tribute to the BP Oil Disaster  The Atlantic Cities
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Earnings season starts rough for health insurers
Health insurers that easily outpaced the broader market in trading last year nosedived this week after UnitedHealth released shaky first-quarter earnings.
UnitedHealth reports mixed bag in Q1  Healthcare Finance News
Citing the Federal Health Care Law, UnitedHealth Says Profit Fell  New York Times
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Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. aims to add 1000 new restaurants over next ...
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. says it plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent.
Sonic planning expansion in Oklahoma, other states
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China Hunts Down 'Zombies' to Fix Failed Auto Policies
Cyclists ride past traffic in western Beijing, China. China said automakers should "keep their heads cool" to prevent overcapacity.
Audi Expects Car Sales to Reach Half a Million in China  Auto World News
Audi Expects To Sell Half Million Cars In China This Year  Fox Business
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