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US jobless claims hit lowest level in more than 43 years

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:21am

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than 43 years, another sign that most American workers enjoy job security.

Perry says he regrets call to eliminate Energy Department

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:12am

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the Energy Department and insisted that the federal agency performs a critical function.

Lawmaker fires aide behind fake new site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

A Maryland lawmaker has fired a legislative aide who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging.

Appeals court affirms conviction of coal CEO in deadly blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

A federal appeals court has affirmed the conviction of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship in connection with the deadliest U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

It's getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it's still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that's changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans.

ECB keeps stimulus on high even as economy picks up

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

The European Central Bank has warned there is still little sign of a pick-up in shop prices and workers' wages in the eurozone — a symptom of economic weakness that means the bank will leave its stimulus programs running nearly full blast at least until year-end.

Aviation deal: Safran to buy Zodiac in $9 billion deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:00am

Aircraft-engine company Safran has agreed to buy seat and cabin manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace in a deal worth 8.5 billion euros ($9.1 billion).

Capitol renovation lawsuit dismissed by Cheyenne judge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:00am

A state judge has dismissed a lawsuit contesting a $300 million project to renovate the Wyoming Capitol in Cheyenne.

Trump expects 'big results' from his choice to lead USDA

Jonathan Lemire and Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:52am

Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."

Q&A: Denver law will allow pot in public, details up in air

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:50am

Denver has started work on the nation's first law allowing marijuana clubs and use in public places such as coffee shops or art galleries. But the details about what those pot clubs would look like are very much in the air. Here's what we know, and don't know, about the looming pot clubs headed to Denver:

Former CP CEO teaming with investor to target CSX railroad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:40am

The executive who orchestrated the financial turnaround of Canadian Pacific railroad over the past five years is teaming up with an activist investor to target CSX railroad.

The Latest: Perry says climate is changing, partly man-made

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:40am

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How to dig out from December's debt

Bev O'Shea, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:40am

right up until your credit card bills arrive.

US home construction jumps, led by more apartment building

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:30am

U.S. builders ramped up home construction in December, led by a surge of apartment building, while single-family houses lagged.

Theresa May seeks to convince business of a 'global Britain'

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:30am

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to convince business leaders Thursday that the country remains committed to free trade and globalization despite last year's vote to leave the European Union.

The Latest: ECB says nowhere near withdrawing stimulus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:14am

The Latest on the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting (all times local):

Union Pacific cost cuts offset declining shipments in 4Q

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:11am

Union Pacific's fourth-quarter profit grew 2 percent as cut costs offset a 3 percent decline in shipments.

EU lawmakers reject too limited money laundering blacklist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:10am

European Union lawmakers have rejected a proposed blacklist of countries at risk of money laundering and terror financing because it is too limited.

Over 652K vehicles involved in latest Takata air bag recall

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:00am

Thirteen automakers are recalling more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the latest round of dangerous Takata air bag inflator recalls.

Czechs a step away from smoking ban in bars, restaurants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:00am

The Czech Republic is one step away from losing its status of one of the last havens for tobacco smokers in Europe.