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Fairfield County Adds Jobs In March; State Unemployment Rate Holds
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Fairfield County added jobs in March and Connecticut's unemployment rate held at 7 percent, according to the state Department of Labor.
Unemployment rate in Marin holds steady during first three months of 2014  Marin Independent Journal
Pa. unemployment rate at the lowest since 2008; more workers finding jobs  Tribune-Review
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State jobless rate fell in March
San Antonio - The state unemployment rate dipped to 5.5 percent in March with Texas employers taking on 9,100 new hires, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.
Houston's unemployment rate nears 5%  Houston Business Journal
Houston unemployment rate dips to 5.2 percent
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The Bulls Aren't Pinned
Last year was superlative for investors as the S&P 500 finished the year up by nearly 30 percent, the Dow jumped 26.5 percent and the technology heavy Nasdaq skyrocketed by 38.3 percent.
US stock market edges higher as earnings pour in  Boston Globe
U.S. stock market ends mostly higher as earnings pour in  The Denver Post
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Central Florida Michaels stores affected by breach
Michaels Stores said Thursday about 2.6 million cards or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach.
Three-million customers victim of Michaels security breach  WKYT
Crafts chain confirms security breach lasted many months
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Monte dei Paschi boosts capital increase to �5bn
Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena has increased the size of its planned share sale from �3bn to �5bn as the troubled lender aims to repay state aid and create a buffer to pass a European-wide bank health check.
Italian Bank Increases Planned Share Sale to $6.9 Billion  New York Times
Italian lender backs 5 bn-euro share sale  GlobalPost
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Texas judge: GM doesn't need to order customers to stop driving recalled vehicles
Apart from numerous investigations being carried by Congress and federal regulators, GM might have to face an onslaught of consumer-driven lawsuits.
GM Bid to Freeze Ignition Suit Is Called a 'Red Herring'  Bloomberg
Judge: GM doesn't need to order customers to park recalled vehicles  The Detroit News
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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.
Pound Strengthens to Four-Year High After Yellen; Gilts Decline  Bloomberg
FOREX-Dollar slips on Yellen's dovish stance, pound hits 4-1/2-year high  Reuters
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Court Declines to Block Drug Ruling in Patent Case
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.
UPDATE 1-US top court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight  Reuters
Teva Rejected by US Supreme Court on Generic Copaxone Delay  Businessweek
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Drought-stricken Calif. farmers to get more water
FRESNO, Calif. - Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease water cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.
California farmers to get more water
� Storms allow 5 percent allocation to State Water Project users  Central Valley Business Times
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Saudi tower enters race for world's tallest building
Move over, Dubai. If Saudi Arabia's newest construction project goes as planned, the Burj Khalifa could be dethroned as the world's tallest tower.
World's Tallest Building Set for Construction in Saudi Arabia  ABC News (blog)
Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower Will Stand One Kilometer High  Huffington Post
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