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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.
Raises at Wal-Mart  Valley News
Why Wal-Mart decided to finally pay its workers more  Washington Post (blog)  
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 ...
US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St ends down on economic data; February strong  Reuters
Stocks Slip After Weaker Growth, End Best Month Since 2011  ABC News
Treasuries Rally as Yellen Sees Low Inflation Declining Further
(Bloomberg) -- Treasuries climbed for the first week in February amid speculation the Federal Reserve won't rush to raise interest rates after Chair Janet Yellen said below-target inflation will fall further before rising.
Stanley Fischer Suggests Fed Will Give Less Guidance  New York Times
US dollar rings up modest February gain  MarketWatch
Fourth quarter US GDP lowered
Washington - The U.S. economy slowed much more sharply in the final 3 months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a larger trade deficit.
Upbeat Consumers Propel U.S. Fourth-Quarter Growth: Economy  Bloomberg
U.S. economic growth at year's end revised downward  Dallas Morning News
Chief who pulled AIG back from the brink
Robert �Bob� Benmosche, who pulled the world's largest insurance company back from the brink in the wake of the financial crisis, has died, aged 70.
UPDATE 3-Former AIG head Benmosche dies; led insurer after bailout  Reuters
Benmosche Recalled as Tenacious, Fighter as Colleagues Mourn  Bloomberg
Brent rises above $61, set for first monthly gain since June
LONDON: Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday and Brent headed for its first monthly gain since June, helped by strong investor inflows, an improving demand outlook and supply outages.
Oil Up Sharply, Posts First Monthly Gain Since June  NDTV
1st LD Writethru: Oil prices rebound following heavy sell-off  GlobalPost
Number Of Contracts Signed For Buying Homes Is The Highest Of The Last 18 ...
Great news for those trying to sell their house: the number of contracts signed for buying homes is the highest of the last 18 months.
Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high  Newsday
Signed contracts to buy homes rise to 18-month high  Observer-Reporter
Girls Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend With Area Seniors
Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri will participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend by celebrating the beginning of Cookie Booths and the importance of giving back to the community.
Girl Scout Cookie Weekend kicks off in Savannah  WTOC
Girl Scouts extend cookie sales  Greenville Daily Reflector
U.S. Oil-Rig Retreat Slows as Fewest in 8 Weeks Are Shut
Rigs targeting oil fell by 33 to 986, the smallest decline since Jan. 2, Baker Hughes Inc. said on its website Friday. Energy rigs in the Permian Basin shale region dropped by seven to 355 after dropping by as much as 49 earlier in the month.
US rig count decreases 43 to 1267  Kansas City Star
Canadian rig counts follow US' continuous downtrend  SteelOrbis (subscription)
Cal. gas prices rose faster than ever
On Friday, San Diego motorists paid $3.33 on average for a gallon of regular, up 9 cents overnight and 42 cents from a week ago, according to the AAA daily fuel gauge.
Gas prices expected to rise at pump  Huntington Herald Dispatch
Exploding Gas Prices  FOX 11 Los Angeles