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US productivity slowed to a 1.8 percent growth rate in 4Q while labor costs fell slightly Weekly applications for US unemployment benefits decline to 323,000, lowest level in 3 months Poverty, disparity grow along with prosperity in Silicon Valley's boom Record fine proposed for coal mining firm for violating water pollution limits in 5 states Staples plans to shutter 225 stores by end of 2015 as more customers shop online, sales slide As Ukraine tensions ebb, stocks continue to recover as focus turns to ECB's Draghi Etihad Airways says technical glitch briefly halted flights into Abu Dhabi airport European Central Bank holds off loosening monetary policy as eurozone recovery continues Target executive's departure in wake of data breach puts spotlight on CIOs, need for security Loaded with cash and eager to increase earnings, US companies spend heavily on big mergers

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