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Private survey shows job cuts in September were fewest in 14 years

Private survey shows job cuts in September were fewest in 14 years

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) – Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas says employers last month announced the fewest job cuts since June of 2000. Job cuts plunged 24 percent from August, to about 30,000 in September. That’s also down 24 percent from September a year ago. Firm CEO John Challenger says job security “is being helped by […]

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Applications for US jobless benefits drop to 287K

Applications for US jobless benefits drop to 287K

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of Americans collecting benefits dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years. The Labor Department says the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,250 to 294,750. […]

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Obama to speak about economy at Northwestern University

Obama to speak about economy at Northwestern University

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

CHICAGO (AP) – With the midterm elections rapidly approaching, President Barack Obama is going on the road today to tout the administration’s economic policies. It’s a tough sell for the president because many people have missed out on the benefits of the recovery from the Great Recession six years ago. He’ll give a speech on […]

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Ebola fears keep some kids home

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

DALLAS (AP) – Some parents in Dallas are keeping their children home from school today after learning that several other students may have come in contact with the man who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus after flying from Liberia to Texas. School administrators are urging calm, and they say none of the children are […]

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AP-GfK Poll: Voters’ pre-election focus on economy

AP-GfK Poll: Voters’ pre-election focus on economy

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s not Obamacare or climate change. It’s not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year’s midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday finds […]

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Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife. Gonzalez’s lawyer entered the plea on behalf of his client in a proceeding Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. A three-count federal grand jury indictment issued […]

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White House: New leadership needed at Secret Service

White House: New leadership needed at Secret Service

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign. Pierson offered her resignation Wednesday amid intense scrutiny over security lapses at the White House. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama concluded that new leadership of the […]

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Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid security lapses at the White House. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that Pierson offered her resignation, and he accepted it. The move came one day after her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a congressional hearing focused on […]

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Pepsi to launch soda sweetened with stevia

Pepsi to launch soda sweetened with stevia

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – There’s Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and now, Pepsi True, a midcalorie version of the soda made with natural sweeteners. PepsiCo Inc. says Pepsi True will have 30 percent fewer calories than the regular version and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia, a natural sweetener with no calories. The drink […]

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Mock, 1st female pilot to circle globe, dies at 88

Mock, 1st female pilot to circle globe, dies at 88

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) – The first female pilot to fly solo around the world has died. Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock was 88. Mock’s grandson, Chris Flocken, said Wednesday that she died at her home in Quincy, Florida, on Tuesday after being in failing health for months. Mock flew her single-engine Cessna 180 “Spirit of Columbus” 23,000 miles […]

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