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Survey: US businesses add jobs at slowest pace in 3 years

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:31am

U.S. companies added jobs at the slowest pace in three years in April, a private survey found, a sign that slower growth and volatile financial markets could be weighing on hiring.

US services firms grow at faster pace in April, positive sign for economy after weak growth at the start of 2016

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:30am

US services firms grow at faster pace in April, positive sign for economy after weak growth at the start of 2016.

Survey: Growth at US services firms strengthened in April

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:30am

A private survey says growth accelerated in April at U.S. services companies.

US factory orders rose modestly in March

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:30am

Orders to U.S. factories advanced by a modest amount in March, reflecting stronger demand in the volatile category of defense equipment.

Mining company's stock dives as Brazil sues in dam tragedy

Danica Kirka and Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:21am

Shares in miner BHP Billiton tumbled after Brazil's federal prosecutor launched a $43 billion civil suit for a dam break that killed 19 people and caused the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.

Takata air bags may have caused 2 more deaths in Malaysia

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:21am

Two people in Malaysia have died in recent traffic crashes in which Takata air bag inflators exploded with too much force, but authorities have yet to determine the exact cause of either death.

US factory orders up modest 1.1 percent in March as demand for defense equipment climbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:10am

US factory orders up modest 1.1 percent in March as demand for defense equipment climbs.

Idaho lumber mill closing; workers' future uncertain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:00am

Workers at an Idaho lumber mill have been notified by letter that the mill has been purchased and will be shut down and dismantled.

US trade deficit in March smallest in 16 months

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:00am

The U.S. trade deficit fell in March to the lowest level in 16 months as imports plunged by the largest amount since the depths of the recession seven years ago.

US productivity shrinks again in first quarter

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 8:00am

The productivity of American workers fell again in the first three months of the year, while labor costs for employers rose at the fastest pace in more than a year.

Nurses, anesthetists authorize strike at Indiana Regional

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:50am

A union representing registered nurses and anesthetists has voted in favor of striking at the Indiana Regional Medical Center in western Pennsylvania.

Markets Right Now: Stocks open lower on Wall Street

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:50am

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Germany raises tax income forecast, bolstering budget plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:50am

Germany has raised its forecast for government tax income thanks to a healthy economy and low unemployment, bolstering its insistence that it can continue to avoid running up new debt.

Feds end probe into Bowling Green police minority hiring

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:40am

The U.S. Justice Department has told city officials in Bowling Green, Kentucky, it has ended its investigation into minority hiring practices at the city's police department.

Airbus advises rotor checks of Norway helicopter crash model

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:21am

Airbus Helicopters, the manufacturer of the EC-225LP helicopter that crashed in western Norway last week, killing all 13 people on board, has sent an advisory to all customers using the same Airbus model to inspect the suspension bars and fittings of the main rotor, which came loose from the aircraft just before it crashed on a tiny island, the company.

Independent Algerian paper faces closure threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:11am

Independent Algerian newspaper El Khabar is facing likely closure after the government cracked down on its ad revenue and challenged its pending sale in court.

Operator’s Mobile Commerce Trend Report Reveals Moms Feel They Need to Be Involved in Gifting to Avoid Feeling Unappreciated o

Operator, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:10am

and the statistics are surprising.

Severe turbulence injures 32 on Etihad flight to Indonesia

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 7:10am

Thirty-one passengers and a crew member aboard an Etihad Airways flight were injured Wednesday when their plane ran into sudden turbulence as it prepared to land in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40am

The European Union's top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the growing electronic cigarette market.

Imports tumbled in March, sending US trade deficit to lowest level since 2014

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 4th - 6:40am

Imports tumbled in March, sending US trade deficit to lowest level since 2014.