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  • Several behemoths, including Apple, the largest U.S. company by market value, as well as Microsoft, McDonald's and AT&T, are due to report earnings.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee.

  • FDA OKs Merck tablet to reduce ragweed allergies Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:56 PM ET

    WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.— U.S. regulators have again approved a Merck& Co. tablet for gradually reducing seasonal allergies, this time for ragweed pollen. The Food and Drug Administration approved it for patients aged 18 through 65.. Whitehouse Station, N.J.- based Merck's tablet for spring grass allergies, Grastek, was approved Monday for patients aged 5 to 65..

  • NJ unemployment rate inches up to 7.2 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Preliminary data show New Jersey's unemployment rate inched up to 7.2 in March from 7.1 the previous month as the state lost 1,300 jobs. The report released Thursday by the state Labor Department shows private sector employment declined by 700 jobs, but says that sector has added 2,200 jobs since March 2013.

  • "The economy is stronger than you think," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in New York. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday, staying close to a 6-1/ 2 year low touched the prior week.

  • How states fared on unemployment benefit claims Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits increased slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. The four-week average for claims dipped to its lowest level since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession began. California: Down 13,982, due to fewer layoffs in services. Iowa: Down 1,266, due to fewer layoffs in manufacturing.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- The dollar rose to the highest level in a week against the yen on Wednesday on signs of future buying of Tokyo stocks by Japan's state pension fund, but edged lower against the euro on traders' view that the Federal Reserve is maintaining a dovish stance.

  • Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn't have mentors to guide it.

  • Australia, however, is apparently just such a place. Experts say that the resignation on Wednesday of New South Wales premier Barry O'Farrell over the gift of a bottle of wine is a sign of a political culture that has become allergic to even the whiff of corruption.

  • Australia, however, is apparently just such a place. Experts say that the resignation on Wednesday of New South Wales premier Barry O'Farrell over the gift of a bottle of wine is a sign of a political culture that has become allergic to even the whiff of corruption.

  • SYDNEY, April 16- Australian miners are racing ahead with plans to expand iron ore production to capture more of the Chinese market for the steelmaking ingredient, amid strong competition from the world's biggest supplier Vale of Brazil.

  • FDA OKs Merck tablet to reduce grass allergies Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.— Merck& Co. says the Food and Drug Administration has approved its new tablet for grass allergies, Grastek, for patients five to 65 years old. Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., will market the tablet in North America. Its partner, ALK-Abello, sells it in Europe as Grazas.

  • J&J Q1 net up 8 percent on sales jump, lower costs Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    A turnaround in Johnson& Johnson's prescription medicine business fueled by new drugs, combined with reduced production and administration expenses, lifted first-quarter profit by 8 percent. The maker of Band-Aids and biologic drugs said net income was $4.73 billion, or $1.64 per share, up from $3.5 billion, or $1.22 per share, a year earlier.

  • 2 southern New Jersey nuclear plants offline Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    LOWER ALLOWAYS CREEK, N.J.— Two of the three nuclear reactors at a southern New Jersey complex are offline. One was taken down Sunday night because of a problem. The other is down for a regularly scheduled refueling.

  • NEW YORK, April 13- The wrenching selloff in U.S. high-growth technology and biotech shares could leave investors braced for more than a minor pullback when earnings pick up speed this week.

  • Christie gets extension in lane closures lawsuit Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    Chris Christie and other defendants will get more time to file their responses to two lawsuits related to the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that are central to a traffic jam scandal threatening the Republican governor's political ambitions.

  • "There's skepticism among investors about the outlook, and we're getting into the first-quarter earnings season, so you're going to see some positioning," said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

  • Vornado Realty to spin off shopping center business Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    April 11- Vornado Realty Trust, the owner of office buildings and retail properties chiefly in New York and Washington, said it would spin off its shopping center business into a publicly traded real estate investment trust. The company also named Jeffrey Olson, currently chief executive of Equity One Inc, as CEO of the to be separated business.

  • IPO Roundup: 3 companies go public Friday Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    Of the three, eatery chain Zoe's Kitchen had the largest gain. Shares of pasta chain Noodles& Co. are up 97 percent since the stock started trading at $18 in June. Zoe's Kitchen raised $87.5 million after pricing more than 5.8 million shares at $15 per share, at the middle of its expected range between $13 per share and $15 per share.

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