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  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. "It's certainly very difficult to interpret it as a hawkish vote on Fed policy," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut, on the strong bidding at Monday's auction. Treasury still has $13 billion in two-year floating rate notes, $35 billion in five-year notes and $29 billion in seven-year notes...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- First, Samantha Kemp-Jackson started noticing something unusual at the local grocery store. Then it started happening to the Toronto mom of four at the department store. An analysis of more than 60 of the most prominent such fundraising campaigns found that they brought in $358 million in 2012, according to consulting firm Cause Marketing...

  • Storm on menu for some Thanksgiving travelers Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 12:34 PM ET

    MINEOLA, N.Y.— A nor'easter is expected to develop Wednesday along the East Coast just as millions of travelers are heading to their Thanksgiving destinations. "I would pack your patience," said Robert Sinclair Jr., of AAA New York. As of Monday, the highest amount of snow was expected to fall in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Catskills of upstate New York and into...

  • GameStop slumps after results; Ross, Autodesk advance. NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, with major indexes notching a fifth straight weekly advance after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate and its euro zone peer announced asset purchases in efforts to boost each region's economy. The move came after European Central Bank...

  • *Shares soar on China rate cut, Draghi stimulus hopes. *Euro tumbles on Draghi; Brent above $80 a barrel. NEW YORK, Nov 21- World stock markets and oil prices rallied Friday, fueled by hopes for global growth following a surprise interest rate cut by China and as the European Central Bank indicated it would step up asset purchases to boost the euro zone economy.

  • *GameStop slumps after results; Ross, Autodesk advance. NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, putting major indexes on track for a fifth straight weekly advance, after China's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate and its euro zone peer announced asset purchases in efforts to boost each region's economy. About two-thirds of NYSE stocks traded higher,...

  • ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including "Beauty and the Beast,"'' The Lion King, "'' Aida,"'' Tarzan, "'' The Little Mermaid,"'' Mary Poppins, "'' Newsies" and "Aladdin." "Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years," will air Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. It will be hosted...

  • Oct. Pennsylvania jobless rate down, payrolls up Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania's jobless rate fell by three-tenths of a percentage point in October, as payrolls and the labor force grew. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in October was 5.4 percent, down from 5.7 percent in September. The rate was last at 5.4 percent in 2008. The U.S. rate is currently 5.8...

  • Court sides with union over Pa. health centers Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with a union that represents nurses Thursday and put a halt to plans by the Corbett administration to close more than a third of the state's county-based health centers. The majority opinion, by Justice Max Baer, said the Legislature has never changed a mandate in a 1996 law that the state maintain the number of...

  • Cosby takes show to Bahamas amid trouble at home Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    NASSAU, Bahamas— Bill Cosby took his comedy show on the road Thursday in the Bahamas as controversy surrounds him at home. Cosby stuck to his familiar routine of anecdotes about his life, including stories about his childhood growing up in the projects of Philadelphia and some observations about life in the Bahamas drawn from previous visits to the island chain.

  • Mohegan Sun chief executive set to retire in 2015 Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 5:31 AM ET

    UNCASVILLE, Conn.— Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, says he plans to retire next year, but will stay on in a transition. He said he'll remain with the parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania beyond the end of his contract on June 30, 2015. The Mohegan Sun failed to get a foothold in Massachusetts...

  • Kozy Shack recalls some puddings over labeling Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    ARDEN HILLS, Minn.— Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The product was distributed to 20 states— Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West...

  • China immediately denied the charges, saying in a strongly worded Foreign Ministry statement the U.S. grand jury indictment was "made up" and would damage trust between the two nations. The indictment was the first criminal hacking charge that the United States has filed against specific foreign officials, and follows a steady increase in public criticism and...

  • Mohegan Sun posts 4Q revenue slide, profit rise Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Fourth-quarter revenue at the parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania fell from the same period last year, but profit jumped significantly on cost-cutting, the casino operator announced Thursday. The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and its neighbor, Foxwoods Resort Casino, have faced steadily falling revenue as...

  • Court: $500K limit proper for girl run over by bus Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— A $14 million jury award to a suburban Philadelphia girl who was run over by a school bus was properly reduced to $500,000, the state's highest court ruled. The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the cap on damages applied to Ashley Zauflik, who lost her left leg and suffered other severe injuries when she was hurt by the Pennsbury High School bus seven...

  • No ruling yet on prosecution in porn email scandal Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not decided whether to prosecute anyone in a scandal over the email exchange of pornography by state government employees, a spokeswoman said Thursday, pulling back an earlier statement about whether anyone could be charged over child pornography. "When I said that the Pennsylvania attorney...

  • Philly area factories growing by most in 21 years Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity jumped to 40.8 in November from 20.7 in October. Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, warned...

  • Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. AAA says the average retail price for gasoline is $2.85 per gallon, 43 cents cheaper than Thanksgiving Day last year. With the average car getting 18.5 miles per gallon, that means a family driving 300 miles will save $6.97 in fuel this holiday.

  • Customer shot in store robbery wins $2M verdict Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— A customer shot during a convenience store robbery in Pittsburgh seven years ago has won a $2 million verdict against Giant Eagle Inc., the grocery chain that owned the store. Giant Eagle's attorney didn't comment on the verdict returned Monday in Allegheny County. It was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  • Bon-Ton posts 3Q loss Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    YORK, Pa. _ The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $11 million, or 57 cents per share, in its fiscal third quarter. Bon-Ton expects a full-year loss of 20 cents to 10 cents per share. Bon-Ton shares have declined 45 percent since the beginning of the year.