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  • Philadelphia chocolate store: Tax issue resolved Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever.

  • In '1971,' an analog precursor to NSA, Snowden Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    It's the story of the documentary "1971," premiering Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival, a film about a little-known but hugely important break-in on March 8, 1971. A group of eight calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into a laxly guarded satellite FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia.

  • Pa. unemployment rate drops to 6 percent in March Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate has continued its steady decline. The state Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent in March. The data released Friday indicates Pennsylvania's labor force— or the number of people working or searching for work— rose last month by 12,000..

  • Ohio prison food vendor fined $142,000 Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    Philadelphia- based Aramark Correctional Services did not meet staffing requirements several times this year at three prisons, the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in the letter obtained by The Associated Press.

  • Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach retailer Target's computer systems last December.

  • "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.

  • Revenue from Pennsylvania table games up slightly Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania casinos are reporting a slight increase in revenue from table games. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Wednesday that revenue from table games totaled $67.9 million last month, up nearly 1 percent from a year ago.

  • US TREASURIES YIELDS RISE AFTER PHILADELPHIA FED DATA Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    US TREASURIES YIELDS RISE AFTER PHILADELPHIA FED DATA.

  • 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 17- U.S. 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. "There is follow-through from yesterday, there was significant selling in the middle of the curve," said Tom Tucci, head of Treasuries trading at CIBC in New York.

  • Philadelphia chocolate store closed over tax spat Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter. WPVI-TV said Wednesday the Department of Revenue revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory in the city's Kensington neighborhood.

  • Environmental groups slam Pa. smog proposal as lax Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    The Sierra Club, the American Lung Association and other groups say that proposed emissions limits for coal-fired power plants are too lax. The biggest plants would be allowed to release more than 130,000 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides annually— 40 percent more than they do now, according to an analysis by the Sierra Club.

  • *Prices fall as China growth beats expectations, stocks rise. NEW YORK, April 16- U.S. Better-then-expected growth in China, the world's largest economy, and a rally in Yahoo shares helped stocks rise for a third straight session.

  • U.S. economic activity increased in most regions -Fed Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 16- U.S. economic activity picked up in recent weeks as a weather-related drag lifted, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. Chicago reported that growth had picked up, while New York and Philadelphia said activity had rebounded from slowdowns related to severe weather earlier in the year.

  • TREASURIES-Yields rise on Chinese growth, rising stocks Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 9:33 AM ET

    *Prices fall as China growth beats expectations, stocks rise. China, the world's second-largest economy, grew 7.4 percent in the January-March quarter from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday. "That momentarily took the air out of that move," said Jim Vogel, an interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Predicting when the bear market in biotech stocks will hit bottom is a hazardous prospect, but one gauge that factors in the rapid profit growth estimates for many of these companies suggests several are starting to look attractive.

  • *Prices gain as Ukraine tensions spark safety buying. Treasury debt prices gained on Tuesday as rising tensions in Ukraine sparked a safety bid for U.S. bonds, and a weak manufacturing survey for New York state pointed to sluggish economic momentum.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. consumer prices firmed a bit in March, as food and housing rental costs rose in a possible sign that a disinflationary trend had run its course. "The sharp upswing in housing costs could be an early signal of a more sustained push higher in inflation," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York.

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. consumer prices firmed a bit in March in a possible sign that a disinflationary trend has run its course. There are some indications that it might do so, but only modestly, "said Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.

  • April 15- Oil and gas producer Noble Energy Inc said it planned to appoint Chief Operating Officer David Stover as chief executive in October, replacing Charles Davidson, who would retire on May 1, 2015. An industry veteran with 35 years of experience, he has previously worked at BP America Inc, Vastar Resources Inc and Atlantic Richfield Co..

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