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  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week while activity in the services sector hit a six-month high in March, underscoring the economy's solid fundamentals despite a recent softening in growth. "The good news is that claims and the services sector data suggest the economy has gained...

  • DETROIT, March 26- Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday that the natural rate of unemployment in the United States was probably around 5 percent and might even be lower. "I think the natural rate of unemployment is probably around 5 percent and it may be lower than that," he told reporters after speaking to an investment...

  • Neogen misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:58 AM ET

    LANSING, Mich. _ Neogen Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $7.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $70.4 million.

  • Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 AM ET

    New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. The Villages retirement community located northwest of Orlando was the nation's fastest-growing metro area last year with a 5.4 percent increase that raised the population to 114,000...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 8 Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    ROME- European Central Bank president Mario Draghi addresses the Italian parliament's finance and EU policy committees- 1200 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England to publish Financial Policy Committee statement- 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives OMFIF Public Lecture on the economy and monetary policy- 0835 GMT.

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • Wyoming is among states challenging new EPA rules Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:21 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming, the nation's leading coal-producer, joined 20 other states pressing arguments Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court against federal regulations that would cut the amounts of mercury and other pollutants that can be emitted by power plants. The states and industry groups say the EPA failed to consider the issue of cost involving the...

  • DETROIT, March 25- The United Auto Workers union on Wednesday said getting raises for workers at the Detroit automakers will be a top priority in contract talks this summer, but more jobs and production are shifting to U.S. plants without unions and Mexico. Earlier this week, General Motors Co said it would build a factory in Mexico to assemble a new generation of...

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— The leader of a union that represents Jeep workers in Toledo said Wednesday that he's confident that the city and state have put together a package that will convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles against moving Jeep Wrangler production. Bruce Baumhower, president of United Auto Workers Local 12 in Toledo, said he expects a decision from Fiat...

  • Rick Snyder is fighting for one more accomplishment before deciding whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination: Michigan's largest tax increase in decades. The Republican governor said Wednesday a plan to raise Michigan's sales tax from 6 to 7 percent, set for a statewide vote in early May, is the "commonsense" move to repair the state's crumbling...

  • OTTAWA, March 18- Canada's energy regulator is investigating up to a dozen new allegations of natural gas pipeline safety-code violations at TransCanada Corp, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. It marks the second time in recent years the regulator has probed safety practices at Canada's second-largest pipeline company following complaints by a...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— The existence of cameras attached to stun guns was news to a Pennsylvania prosecutor who said Wednesday that a recording made by an officer's own stun gun was the strongest evidence used to charge her this week with homicide for a man's shooting death in February. "I did not know until this case occurred" that some stun guns include cameras, Dauphin...

  • LANSING, Mich.— Michigan's top education official notified seven charter school authorizers Wednesday that they are no longer at risk of losing their ability to charter new schools, crediting them for improvements since he put them on notice seven months ago. They are Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Kellogg Community College, Lake Superior State, the Macomb...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration's refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The provision does not explicitly state whether the EPA was required to include...

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Wednesday as it weighed whether the Obama administration had to consider costs before deciding whether to regulate emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. Justice Anthony Kennedy could be a possible swing vote on the nine-justice...

  • Ford recalls 213,000 police vehicles to fix door springs Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:49 AM ET

    DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash. The recall affects Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor utility vehicles from the 2011 through 2013 model years. The company traced the problem to a spring that controls the interior door handles.

  • Speaking Wednesday at the union's national bargaining convention in Detroit, President Dennis Williams said the UAW already has too many tiers of lower wages. Williams was responding to reports that General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. may propose a third tier of pay. Actually, a third tier of wages already is in place at several General Motors factories in the...

  • Justices seem divided over EPA mercury limits Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 3:24 AM ET

    Several conservative justices questioned whether EPA should have taken costs into account when it first decided to regulate hazardous air pollutants from power plants, or whether health risks are the only consideration under the Clean Air Act. The EPA did factor in costs at a later stage when it wrote standards that are expected to reduce the toxic emissions...

  • The wide-ranging bill would stop farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and rain-soaked fields. The measure would be the first passed in an effort to slow the spread of the algae since August, when a toxin contaminated the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Jim Zehringer, the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 7 Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    HELSINKI- European Central Bank policy board member and Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen will brief the press on monetary policy and global economy- 0900 GMT. LONDON- European Central Bank policymaker Peter Praet takes part in panel discussion on "Global Economic Recovery- a Tale of Many Parts" at the International Financial Services Forum- 1025 GMT.