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Fewest Americans in Seven Weeks File Jobless-Benefit Claims
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the job market is making progress as the year ends.
Unemployment claims drop showing optimistic future
Jobless claims fall 9000 to 7-week low  USA TODAY
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Shoppers back on high streets for festive season - but spending less
Shoppers were behaving frugally in the last few days before Christmas but retailers still expect the New Year sales to ignite spending.
3 Stocks for a Brighter Christmas - Analyst Blog  Nasdaq
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Uber slapped with suit by 45 Phila. taxi companies
File photo: Drivers with the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania protested Uber. TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer. Travel Deals.
Philadelphia taxi firms file suit against Uber  San Francisco Chronicle
Uber Levies New Fee For UberT Users In New York City  International Business Times
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Oil's Swift Fall Raises Fortunes of US Abroad
BRUSSELS - A plunge in oil prices has sent tremors through the global political and economic order, setting off an abrupt shift in fortunes that has bolstered the interests of the United States and pushed several big oil-exporting nations - particularly those ...
Some Surprises Among Economic Stories in 2014  Voice of America (blog)
Could oil's nosedive be the shock that will finally brings global stocks ...  Financial Post
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Leader of Online Operations for Sears Holdings Resigns
The head of Sears Holdings' online operations and an important member of the chief executive Edward S. Lampert's management team has resigned and will leave Feb. 6, the retailer said.
UPDATE 1-Sears says online chief resigns, key member of management team  Reuters
Sears says online chief resigns, key member of management team
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MF Global Holdings to pay $100 mln fine in CFTC settlement
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday it had fined MF Global Holdings Ltd for wrongdoing during the collapse of the futures brokerage, but will continue its lawsuit against the firm's former chief, Jon ...
CFTC Fines MF Global's Parent Company $100 Million  Wall Street Journal
MF Global $1.3 Billion Accord Over Losses Is Approved  Bloomberg
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Walmart forced to increase minimum wage at 33% of US stores
Walmart, America's largest private employer, is being forced to raise its minimum wage payments for workers. The move could improve the lives of roughly one-third of its 1.3 million employees and reduce the burden on the government.
Walmart tests gift card exchange  Arizona Daily Star
No price hikes at Wal-Mart  Investor's Business Daily
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Mortgage rates edge up from this year's lows
Fixed mortgage rates ticked up this week but remain near lows for the year, according to Freddie Mac's weekly survey of lenders.
Freddie Mac: Fixed Mortgage Rates Up Slightly Heading Into Holidays  Mortgageorb
Average US 30-year mortgage edges up slightly  Newsday
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Final voyage: Navy pays one cent to scrap aircraft carrier
The ship is too big to squeeze through the Panama Canal, and will instead make a five-month journey around the tip of South America.
Navy's USS Ranger aircraft carrier featured in 'Top Gun' to be ...  Washington Times
USS Ranger Heading to Port of Brownsville for Dismantling  KRGV
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Obamacare-Created Insurer Goes Under, Is Taken Over By The State
An Obamacare-created and taxpayer-funded insurance company in Iowa has been taken over by the state due to a financial crisis. CoOportunity Health is Iowa's insurance cooperative - a nonprofit insurance company created by the Affordable Care Act to ...
Branstad adviser: State will try to help co-op customers
ObamaCare co-op hits skids  Investor's Business Daily
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