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NEW YORK— The nation's largest retail trade group has pared its annual sales forecast because of slower-than-expected growth during the first half of the year tied to winter storms and lingering economic woes.
NEW YORK— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the price game for the crucial back-to-school shopping season. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Steve Bratspies, executive vice president, general merchandise at Wal-Mart's U.S division, said he's seeing back-to-school promotions start early this year.
The anti-tax Club for Growth Action last month had its second best fundraising haul this election cycle as it raised money to pour into Chris McDaniel's bid to deny incumbent Republican Thad Cochran a seventh term in the Senate.
The California cities of San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego all saw a heightened threat, as new fault lines have been recently discovered, the report said. It also upgraded the risks facing parts of the central and eastern United States, singling out areas near New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest rate in more than five years. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point in June to 6.2 percent.
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.
The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000. The less volatile four-week average has slipped to 309,000, the lowest reading since June 2007, about five months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 4,008, due to fewer layoffs in the service industry.
LONDON, July 14- Oil prices ended slightly higher on Monday as traders weighed renewed violence in Libya against broader signs of a global market well-supplied with crude. Last week, North Sea benchmark Brent closed at its lowest in three months as easing tensions in Libya and Iraq mitigated fears of supply disruptions.
LONDON, July 14- Oil prices were little changed on Monday as traders weighed renewed violence in Libya and uncertainty over nuclear talks with Iran against broader signs of a global market well-supplied with crude.
NEW YORK, July 14- Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether General Motors made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.
Newark, N.J. July 12- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was released from a rehabilitation center to finish his recovery at home from a New Jersey crash in June that left him critically injured and killed a fellow passenger, his spokesman said on Saturday.
The former "30 Rock" star suffered a broken leg and broken ribs when the limousine van he was riding in was hit from behind June 7 by a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by one this week to 1,875.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Texas gained two rigs each. Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah had unchanged rig counts.
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.
AUGUSTA, Maine— As many college graduates grapple with poor job prospects and crushing student debt, Maine officials hope a new database will help prospective students make more informed choices about what degree to pursue and how much they can afford to borrow for their education.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. "A couple of years from now, we might say this was the beginning of the trend," said Rusty Rumley, a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas July 7- U.S. employers may be hiring again, but the job market recovery is not giving ordinary consumers enough confidence to increase their spending, a top Wal-Mart executive said on Monday.
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas July 7- U.S. employers may be hiring again, but the job market's recovery is not giving ordinary consumers enough confidence to increase their spending, a top Wal-Mart executive said on Monday.
*That the hiring rebound reported by the U.S. Labor Department is not translating into increased customer spending in Wal-Mart stores;. *That the U.S. economy is' not getting any better or worse' for Wal-Mart's core customers;.
June 30- Devon Energy Corp said it would sell its remaining non-core gas-rich properties to peer Linn Energy LLC for $2.3 billion to focus on more lucrative oil assets and cut debt.