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  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week, a sign that the economy is building strength. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for jobless aid fell 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. The fewest people sought benefits since February 2006, almost two years before the start of the Great Recession.

  • Check doctors' vitals, before they check yours Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 3:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? Just 22 percent of those questioned are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  • Companies such as General Electric Co and Intel Corp have reported solid results. Intel declared that personal computer sales have stabilized, while it forecast third-quarter revenue above Wall Street's expectations.

  • Experts: Social media can feed Munchausen by proxy Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    Lacey Spears, of Scottsville, Kentucky, has pleaded not guilty to charges of depraved murder and manslaughter in the January death of her son, Garnett-Paul Spears, whose sodium levels rose to an extremely dangerous level with no medical explanation.

  • Federal judge sends key GM case to Georgia court Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    DETROIT— A federal judge in Atlanta has sent an important wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors back to a Georgia court. Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. ruled Friday that a Cobb County judge should handle the case filed by the family of Brooke Melton.

  • ESPN reaches deal with Comcast for SEC Network Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Comcast Cable has reached a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network. The network, which launches on Aug. 14, was already set to be carried on cable and satellite providers like DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Ala. only state with higher unemployment over year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— Alabama is the only state with a higher unemployment rate for June than a year earlier, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Alabama's unemployment stayed the same from May to June at 6.8 percent. Alabama recorded 6.5 percent in June 2013.

  • Wells Fargo laying off 468 in Birmingham area Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Wells Fargo is laying off nearly 500 workers from its mortgage servicing team in the Birmingham area, officials announced Thursday. The Birmingham- area layoffs are part of 481 positions that are being eliminated nationwide. Birmingham is the headquarters of the bank's mid-South region.

  • Fewer gas leaks found in cities with new pipes Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 5:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cities such as Indianapolis that regularly replace old natural gas lines have significantly fewer leaks than older urban areas where they don't, like Boston and New York City's Staten Island, according to a new study by Google and an environmental group. Boston and Staten Island averaged one leak per each mile mapped.

  • Smith named regional exec for Berkshire Hathaway Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    DOTHAN, Ala.— The Berkshire Hathaway Media Group has announced that Steve Smith will be regional publisher for its Alabama division. Smith will oversee the Dothan Eagle, Opelika-Auburn News, Enterprise Ledger, Eufaula Tribune, Dothan Progress and Jackson County Floridian in Mariana, Florida.

  • Railroads say up to 44 oil trains weekly cross NY Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— As many as 44 trains a week, each loaded with at least a million gallons of volatile crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region, move through upstate New York, according to documents released Tuesday by the state.

  • Harper Lee says she didn't OK new book about her Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    CHICAGO— The reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th century, says she never gave her approval to a new memoir that portrays itself as a rare, intimate look into the lives of the writer and her older sister in small-town Alabama.

  • Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    FORT RUCKER, Ala.— The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.

  • FARNBOROUGH, England, July 15- GE Aviation Chief Executive David Joyce said the engine manufacturer expected to achieve its Farnborough Airshow target of $30 billion of orders and commitments by the end of Tuesday. Joyce also said GE Aviation hoped to finalise an engine deal soon with Qatar Airways over Boeing 777 X planes.

  • WASHINGTON, July 13- This year was supposed to be different for Congress. U.S. lawmakers expected that a promising budget deal reached after a government shutdown last year would herald a new normal for passing annual spending bills, moving Congress away from the crisis-driven approach and resulting economic jitters of recent years.

  • But I feel like I'm changing one or two minds here or there, "said Felice Pete, a nurse anesthetist and a member of the state party's Black Advisory Board. The swing state, one of 11 where the Republican National Committee has hired staff to reach black voters, hosts one of the country's most important Senate races in November's midterm elections.

  • John Seigenthaler, Tennessee journalist, dies Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.— John Seigenthaler, the journalist who edited The Tennessean newspaper, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the John F. Kennedy administration, died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86, his son said.

  • Senate confirms housing chief to run budget office Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's housing chief as the new director of the White House budget office, completing a second-term Cabinet shuffle. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who said Donovan was unqualified and hadn't proved he understood fiscal and budgetary issues.

  • *Lumber Liquidators tumbles after revised outlook. NEW YORK, July 10- U.S. stocks dropped on Thursday as concerns about the financial health of Portugal's top listed bank gave investors a reason to cash in recent gains.