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  • And Now for Some Good News: Jobless Claims Down Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 8:35 AM ET

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, offering reassurance that the bottom is not falling out of the labor market.

  • Pressure Mounts on US to Export Natural Gas Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 8:08 AM ET

    As the U.S. produces more of its own energy, pressure is mounting on the federal government to move quickly to export its natural gas bounty.

  • Feeling More Secure in Your Job? You're Not Alone Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 7:31 AM ET
    A sign advertising jobs is posted in the window of a Jack in the Box restaurant.

    Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level since the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy.

  • Flight Delays Put Budget Cuts in Spotlight Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 7:08 AM ET

    The Obama administration on Wednesday backed a plan that would temporarily eliminate spending cuts disrupting U.S. air travel, while lawmakers in Washington scrambled to avoid blame.

  • This Possible Fed Successor Has Admirers...And Foes Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 6:40 AM ET

    Janet Yellen is seen as a logical candidate to succeed the Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, but critics remain wary of her stance on inflation.

  • UK Avoids 'Triple-Dip,' but Struggle Ahead Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 3:55 AM ET

    U.K. GDP grew 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013 but analysts warned that the economy will struggle in the months ahead.

  • Three Charts That Show UK Austerity Isn't Working Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 2:41 AM ET

    The U.K. economy grew more than expected in the first quarter and George Osborne pointed to signs of healing. But three charts show why the U.K.'s austerity plan is so controversial and why many argue it isn't working.

  • Italy's New Leader Throws Down Gauntlet on Austerity Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 2:32 AM ET

    Italy's political deadlock may be over after the country's President nominated center-left politician Enrico Letta as prime minister on Wednesday. He has already signaled that Italy could now turn away from austerity.

  • After 'Shock and Awe,' What Next From the BOJ? Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 11:29 PM ET
    Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan

    The Bank of Japan meets on Friday for the first time after it made a radical shift in policy earlier this month and markets are now watching for central bank governor Harukiko Kuroda's next move.

  • Fill 'Er Up! Cheaper Gas Prices Are Coming Soon Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 2:34 PM ET

    A surprise drop in gasoline supplies sent oil and gasoline futures higher, but pump prices are likely to head lower.

  • Next Boom? 'Spec' Homes Are Back Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 1:22 PM ET

    Homes built without ready buyers were all the rage for builders during the housing boom, before demand disappeared. Now they're coming back.

  • 'Spring Slump' Unlikely to Become a Stall Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 11:31 AM ET

    If not for the Fed's cheap money, spending cuts likely would be having a larger impact on economic growth, hiring, business spending and consumer sentiment. NBC News.

  • How Big Are Underground Payrolls? Try $2 Trillion Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 9:52 AM ET
    Day laborers wait near a Home Depot home improvement store in hope of finding work for the day in Los Angeles, California.

    Millions of people who can't find a full-time job are taking anything that pays them under the table, and in turn are helping to boost consumption, say analysts.

  • Where the Budget Cut Pain Is Really Being Felt Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 9:18 AM ET
    Federal employees take part in a rally in front of Department of Labor protesting budget cuts.

    Flight delays from air traffic controller furloughs may seem like the start of the predicted doom of sequestration. But many have already felt the pain of mandated budget cuts.

  • Durable Goods Report Delivers More Bad News Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 8:36 AM ET

    Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods recorded their biggest drop in seven months and a gauge of planned business spending rose modestly, adding to signs of a slowdown.

  • Home Buyers Just Loving Those Low Rates Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 7:26 AM ET
    David Nutley, an estate agent, places a "For Sale" advert in the window display board.

    Applications for home mortgages edged up last week as rates fell for the fifth week in a row, data from an industry group showed.

  • States May Push Workers to Obama Health Exchanges Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 5:16 AM ET
    A patient talks with her primary care physician.

    In a move that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama's health care law, Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C.

  • Markets Sink Briefly on Fake AP Terror Tweet Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 8:01 PM ET

    A news agency tweet, that turned out to be fake about explosions at the White House injuring President Obama, sent markets on a round trip roller coaster ride.

  • Apple Earnings Beat, Company Hikes Dividend Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 6:21 PM ET

    Apple shares turned lower in the after-hours after earnings beat and the firm doubled the amount of cash it will return to shareholders. But its outlook fell short.

  • 'Walking Dead'? The Austerity Zombies Fight Back! Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 5:39 PM ET
    Erskine Bowles

    Austerity's intellectual underpinnings have fallen apart, but deficit hawks still claim that debt slows growth.

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