Retail sales jumped 0.7% in November, topping economists' forecasts, as strong gains in auto sales and categories like furniture offset the effect of lower gasoline prices.
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(CNN) -- U.S. transportation officials Thursday shut down 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles as part of as an eight-month effort targeting unsafe motor coach companies, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
WASHINGTON (AP) - As one part of the federal government looks to remove restrictions on making phone calls from airplanes, another agency is apparently considering its own prohibition.
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