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Payrolls Rose in Most US States in March, Led by Florida (1)
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
Unemployment Rates Fall in 21 US States Last Month  ABC News
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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 One Million Latinos Enrolled In Exchange or Medi-Cal in Six Months  Kitsap Sun
More Than 3.3 Million Californians Enrolled in Obamacare  California Report
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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.
Stocks Log Weekly Gains, But Dow Ends Day Down Ahead Of Holiday Weekend  Barron's (blog)
Earnings lift S&P 500, Nasdaq; S&P's best week since July  Moneycontrol.com
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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.
A Grim Photographic Tribute to the BP Oil Disaster  The Atlantic Cities
Compensation battle rages four years after BP's US oil spill  Reuters
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Federal Reserve Chair Wants Further Stimulus for Job Market
NEW YORK (AP) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. job market still needs help from the Fed and that the central bank must remain intent on adjusting its policy to respond to unforeseen challenges.
Anthony Orlando: Financial regulation would stimulate economy  Sun-Sentinel
What Janet Yellen Didn't Say: The B-Word  New Yorker (blog)
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Oklahoma-based Sonic plans expansion over 10 years
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma-based Sonic Corp. plans to open 1,000 new drive-in restaurants nationwide over the next 10 years, expanding the chain by about 30 percent, the company said.
Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. aims to add 1000 new restaurants over next ...  The Republic
Sonic planning expansion in Oklahoma, other states  NewsOK.com
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Blumenthal: Metro-North fined $552000 past decade
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S.
Metro-North fined $552000 over past decade, Sen. Blumenthal says  Middletown Press
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Italian Bank Increases Planned Share Sale to $6.9 Billion
ROME - Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy's third-largest bank, plans to offer investors as much as 5 billion euros, or $6.9 billion, in new stock as it fights to avoid nationalization and braces for stress tests of its balance sheet by European regulators, the ...
UPDATE 1-Monte Paschi approves plan to increase cash call to 5 bln euros  Reuters
Monte Paschi Seeks EU5 Billion to Repay Aid, Build Buffer  Bloomberg
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