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Stocks fell Friday but have best month since October 2011
Stocks fell Friday as the Nasdaq failed to hit the 5000 mark again, but markets still managed to post strong gains for the month. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 81.72 points, or 0.5%, to close at 18,132.70, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 6.24 ...
Stocks slip after weaker growth, end best month since 2011  Washington Post
U.S. Stocks Slip But Post Monthly Gains  Nasdaq
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Local activists say Wal-Mart wage increases a step in the right direction toward a ...
Gazette File Photo Protestors rally for higher wages at the Hadley Wal-Mart in 2013. Purchase photo reprints �. By CHRIS LINDAHL.
Big companies are hiking the wages of their workers
Why Wal-Mart decided to finally pay its workers more  Washington Post (blog)
Stanley Fischer Suggests Fed Will Give Less Guidance
The Federal Reserve's vice chairman, Stanley Fischer, said that it was time for the central bank to bring a little more mystery to its relationship with financial markets, suggesting on Friday that the postcrisis era of detailed guidance was drawing to a close.
Fed's Fischer Puts Spotlight on June or September for Rate Rise  Bloomberg
Fischer says Fed bond buying provided 'meaningful stimulus'  Chicago Tribune
U.S. economic growth at year's end revised downward
The U.S. economy expanded at a slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as less stockpiling by businesses and a slightly weaker trade balance weighed on growth.
Upbeat Consumers Propel U.S. Fourth-Quarter Growth: Economy  Bloomberg
US economic growth revised down to 2.2pc  Gulf Daily News
UPDATE 3-Former AIG head Benmosche dies; led insurer after bailout
(Adds family details and career history). By Luciana Lopez and Jennifer Ablan. NEW YORK Feb 27 (Reuters) - Robert Benmosche, who took the helm of insurer American International Group after a massive government bailout at the height of the financial ...
Benmosche Recalled as Tenacious, Fighter as Colleagues Mourn  Bloomberg
Robert Benmosche, Rescuer of AIG, Dies at 70  New York Times
The most common consumer complaints
And this year's winner as the most common consumer complaint is... identity theft! That should be no surprise. Problems with fraudsters hijacking people's identity has topped the list of complaints for 15 straight years, according to the Federal Trade ...
Identity theft tops list of consumer complaints  WPTZ The Champlain Valley
1st LD Writethru: Oil prices rebound following heavy sell-off
NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Oil prices rebounded Friday as traders bought the dip after previous day's sharp decline. Worries about global supply glut dragged oil prices down Thursday as traders believed the oversupply situation could not change ...
Oil, sometimes up and sometimes down, ends the week with a gain  Houston Chronicle
Crude Oil Puts End To Monthly Losing Streak  Investor's Business Daily
Most Central Valley farmers unlikely to get federal water, again
In another blow to California's parched heartland, federal officials said Friday that for the second year in a row most Central Valley farmers are unlikely to receive water from the region's major irrigation project this summer.
Feds say many Central Valley farmers will get no water deliveries  Sacramento Bee
Feds Say California Farmers Will Go Without Water Allocations For Now During ...  CBS Local
Annual Marijuana Report: Jobs Boost, Medical Outnumbers Retail
DENVER (CBS4)- The first annual report on marijuana has been released by the State of Colorado. Recreational marijuana completed its first full year in 2014 and the numbers show it's a budding industry in the state.
State marijuana report reveals tremendous growth in 2014 Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
Colorado pot industry tally: Millions of edibles, tons of sales  Los Angeles Times
Index of Pending Home Sales Rose in January
The National Association of Realtors said on Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 percent to 104.2 last month.
Number Of Contracts Signed For Buying Homes Is The Highest Of The Last 18 ...  The Monitor Daily
For Pending Home Sales, You May Call It A Comeback TOL LEN DHI  Investor's Business Daily