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  • US states with higher minimum wages gain more jobs Saturday, 19 Jul 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    A Congressional Budget Office report earlier this year lent some support for that view. It found that a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, as President Obama supports, could cost 500,000 jobs nationwide.

  • NC company recalls chicken due to misbranding Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— A North Carolina company is recalling approximately 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees because they were mislabeled and contain milk, an allergen not declared on the label. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall by B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday.

  • Subaru sued over claims of dangerous auto defect Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 2:59 PM ET

    It seeks unspecified damages and an order that Subaru initiate a recall to fix the problem. The lawsuit says Subaru of America, which has headquarters in Cherry Hill, has "long known about" the defect but has refused to address it or repair affected vehicles without charge.

  • Disney World and union reach contract agreement Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Union officials say Walt Disney World has reached a tentative labor agreement with its largest union group that raises starting hourly pay from a little over $8 to $9 this year. The agreement announced Friday raises starting hourly pay to $9.50 next year and $10 in 2016..

  • 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.

  • Obama opens Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management disclosed its final approval first to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement later Friday. The approval opens the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration by energy companies preparing to apply for drilling leases in 2018, when current congressional limits are set to expire.

  • ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla.— AP NewsBreak: Obama approves sonic cannons, opening US Eastern Seaboard to oil exploration.

  • 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.

  • Ex-Colombia minister ordered jailed on corruption Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 9:22 AM ET

    BOGOTA, Colombia— A close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe was sentenced in absentia Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies in one of the most prominent corruption cases tied to Uribe's conservative administration.

  • 2 Fla. cases of mosquito virus contracted in US Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    In both cases, they said, a person infected with the virus after visiting the Caribbean was then bitten again by an uninfected mosquito in Florida, which then transmitted the illness further.

  • APNewsBreak: Shipwreck's gold inventory released Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    CINCINNATI— Deep-sea explorers recovered millions of dollars in gold and silver and a slew of personal items that are a virtual time capsule of the California Gold Rush, according to newly unsealed court documents obtained by The Associated Press that provide the first detailed inventory of a treasure trove being resurrected from an 1857 shipwreck at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Stranded casino ship frees itself, docks in Ga. Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    Less than two hours later, after passing a Coast Guard inspection for leaks, the ship arrived at its dock at the Bull River Marina. The Coast Guard rescued 118 passengers and crew from the stranded boat Wednesday afternoon. They returned to shore aboard Coast Guard cutters about 16 hours after they were first stranded.

  • Florida unemployment rate dips slightly in June Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida led the nation in job growth in June, a sharp turnaround from the previous month. Florida's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent or a slight dip of 0.1 percent from May.

  • Money market fund assets fell $10.22 billion Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $10.22 billion to $2.57 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets in the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $1.42 billion to $893.46 billion, the Washington- based mutual fund trade group said Thursday.

  • Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 3:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits. "We appreciate the feedback from members of Congress, our community stakeholders and agency partners," Colvin said in a statement.

  • LOS ANGELES, July 17- Microsoft Corp intends to wind down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a source familiar with its plans said, becoming the first major tech company to give up on making original shows in a battle for the living room couch.

  • Correction: Pets-Sweet Dog Suites story Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— In a story July 16 about pet suites being offered in some of its new homes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of home communities being built by Standard Pacific Homes.

  • REFILE-YOUR MONEY-Is organic chicken worth the price? Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    While a whole, generic store-brand chicken typically costs about $1.50 per pound, the price for organic chicken is $2.69 a pound at Trader Joe's, the U.S. grocery chain, and $4.99 per pound from online grocer Fresh Direct. Whole Foods sells boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts for $8.99 per pound.

  • YOUR MONEY-Is organic chicken worth the price? Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    While a whole, generic store-brand chicken typically costs about $1.50 per pound, the price for organic chicken is $2.69 a pound at Trader Joe's, the U.S. grocery chain, and $4.99 per pound from online grocer Fresh Direct. Whole Foods sells boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts for $8.99 per pound.

  • AutoNation 2Q profit climbs 12 percent Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— AutoNation Inc. on Thursday reported earnings that rose by 12 percent in its second quarter, but its earnings fell short of analysts' expectations. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, company said net income increased to $100.4 million, or 83 cents per share, from $89.9 million, or 73 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.